Denmark supports attack on Syria … but not militarily

May calls urgent cabinet meeting amid reports of looming military action in Syria

May calls urgent cabinet meeting amid reports of looming military action in Syria

Trump says he has asked US partners "to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS effort". "It is to drive this to a United Nations -brokered peace but, at the same time, keep our foot on the neck of ISIS until we suffocate it", referring to the Islamic State extremist group.

The evacuations are part of a deal brokered by Damascus's Russian ally to re-establish regime control on Eastern Ghouta, a area just on the edge of the capital that had escaped government control since 2012.

Smoke was seen rising from the area.

US President Donald Trump has approved strikes on Syria.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Mr Trump said in a televised address from the White House.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

Trump calls the two countries those "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime". "These are not actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead".

President Donald Trump warned Russia Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said he was in daily contact with Trump, stating France has evidence that Assad's regime was behind the attack.

Trump added that Britain, France "have ave marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

Trump is also offering prayers for the Middle East and for the United States.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says experts are travelling to Syria and will start investigations on Saturday.

In a statement issued following the meeting, it said there had been agreement around the cabinet table that such actions should not go "unchallenged" and that the United Kingdom would continue to work with the USA and France to co-ordinate an global response. Before reports of the latest chemical attack, Trump said the American military would be withdrawing from Syria "very soon", once the defeat of Islamic State militants was secured.

Trump has signaled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces. The White House said Thursday he would consult further with allies.

Britain has moved a step closer to potential military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad after Theresa May won the backing of senior ministers for action to deter any further use of chemical weapons by the regime.

Trump asked, addressing Iran and Russian Federation.

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

On Sunday, the day after the attack, the U.S. president said Russian President Vladimir Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in rebel-held Douma, because of his support for the Syrian government.

Minutes after Pentagon brass and cabinet members jumped in black armored SUVs and sped away from the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would continue to assess intelligence and engage with allies.

Trump's statement on US policy toward Syria came after days of speculation that the USA would launch a strike against Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack last weekend that killed scores of civilians.

The allied operation comes a year after the USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

Trump did not provide details on the joint U.S. -British-French attack, but it was expected to include barrages of cruise missiles launched from outside Syrian airspace.

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