The Answer Trump Needs in Syria

Syrian official news agency SANA soldiers and residents salute civilians after they were released by the Army of Islam group that had held them since 2013 in Damascus Syria early Monday

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a usa strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

The 105 missiles launched overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria targeted three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development in Damascus' Barzeh district and two facilities near Homs, Pentagon officials said.

"The line is used and it is active". He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

Tens of thousands of people have reportedly left Douma through a humanitarian corridor and Russia's defence ministry says the Syrian flag is flying there.

Syria, which denies carrying out the latest attack, said it had invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has blamed the regime for previous such incidents, to visit Douma. "We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television. "We continue to believe that it is important not to take steps that could harm an already fragile situation", Peskov stressed.

The French president, who said he was in daily contact with President Trump, said any strikes would go after Syria's "chemical capabilities".

President Donald Trump warned Russia Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria. "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon", he said.

Although Mr. Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasised that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

British opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before any military action.

Meanwhile, the Russian military said the Syrian government is now in full control of Duoma, once held by rebels opposing Assad.

Velayati supported Assad's stance, adding that threats by some Western countries to attack Syria are "based on lies after the liberation of Eastern Ghouta".

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump threatened a direct strike on Syrian government forces, following an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, in a tweet that was followed by another one in which Trump claimed that Washington's relations with Moscow were worse than during the Cold War. Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an global response.

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