UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

Syria: 'Chemical attack' and international threats – Here's recap of events since April 7

Syria: 'Chemical attack' and international threats – Here's recap of events since April 7

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Trump administration officials told The Associated Press in February they believed forces loyal to Assad might have been in the process of working on new or more refined chemical weapons. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!", the President tweeted.

A White House statement released later said the United States is continuing to assess intelligence and is engaged in conversations with its partners and allies.

USA officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack. Israel has said it won't let Iran entrench militarily in Syria, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the occasion of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day to warn Tehran not to test his country.

The Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers reported that the cabinet would back May in joining any US-led action, as Royal Navy submarines armed with cruise missiles were moving into range.

In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign.

"The situation in the world is getting more chaotic", he said. Trump said Thursday on Twitter.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad. There is no reason for this, he wrote, adding that "Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together".

Trump's administration has sought to show toughness on Russian Federation, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs.

"It is Congress, not the President, who determines whether our country goes to war and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility".

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an global chemical weapons watchdog organization said Thursday that its team is en route to Syria and will begin work Saturday to investigate the attack.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied a chemical attack occurred.

The White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the Saturday night chemical attack in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

Macron doesn't need parliamentary permission to launch an operation.

But British involvement in further military intervention is controversial at home, in a country still haunted by its role in the US-led invasion of Iraq. Multiple Islamic State retaliatory attacks have targeted French soil, including just last month.

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