WashPost: Evidence Suggests Nerve Gas Used in Syria Attack

Children from Eastern Ghouta are treated for symptoms from Saturday's suspected gas attack

Children from Eastern Ghouta are treated for symptoms from Saturday's suspected gas attack

Syria has denied using chemical weapons anywhere in the country, despite the now-defunct United Nations panel's findings that Damascus was behind several documented chemical attacks there since 2014.

According to one official, the move had a serious effect on US military operations.

Russian Federation and the United States failed Tuesday, April 10, to win support at the UN Security Council for their rival proposals to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria as the threat of military action loomed large.

The US State Department said Mr Johnson and his Washington counterpart had discussed "potential further steps the US and United Kingdom governments might take in coordination with other partners".

It remains unclear what or when the US will do.

The announcement came one day after US President Donald Trump blamed the Syrian government for Saturday's deadly attack and indicated that the United States will soon decide how to respond, with military action as an option.

Russian Federation is disputing the claim that Assad's government was behind the attack; Trump has said evidence indicates otherwise.

On Monday, the president said he isn't ruling out military action. "And here the United Russia party conscientiously states that all political, diplomatic and military measures if necessary will be taken". The politician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about secret military movements, said the atmosphere and USA statements hint at a possible strike, "but there are no indications on the ground so far".

Vladimir Shamanov, a retired general who heads the defense affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks Tuesday that a USA strike in Syria could hurt Russian servicemen and trigger Russian retaliation.

The attack on Saturday against rebels in the city of Douma, which lies just outside the Syrian capital, killed 48 people and left hundreds injured.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Syrian government troops were on a 72-hour alert and were fortifying their positions.

Fears of an imminent attack were underscored after the White House reportedly announced Trump would skip an overseas trip this week to "oversee the American response to Syria".

Abdullah said the USA has the desire to strike Syria but the decision has not yet been made.

It's believed dozens were killed in Douma.

A second defeated Moscow-drafted resolution would have offered backing for the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to Syria, but would not identify the perpetrators of attacks.

The Khan Sheikhun attack prompted Trump to order USA missile strikes on the Syrian airfield where he claimed the government's planes launched the attack.

"Military means will lead us nowhere".

Regime ally Moscow said it would propose a United Nations resolution on a "transparent and honest" investigation with the OPCW's involvement.

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