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Trump dials back Syria message as Britain, Germany mull response

15 Abril 2018
Trump dials back Syria message as Britain, Germany mull response

The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday around 500 people had been treated for "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" after the Douma attack.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

"We don't think that killing more innocent people in Syria by bombing them will rectify what has happened, whether it was done by the Assad regime or not", said Moussa, who called for an investigation into the chemical attack.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

Participants in the meeting also agreed that the threats by some western countries to attack Syrian territory on 'the basis of lies and inventions' came after the liberation of the region of East Ghouta.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", Trump tweeted early Thursday. Whatever this price is to be, there is no reason for it to occur without congressional authorization, for a change. "And now I am displaced today with its people, closing a page on this town that was so inspirational, with its once peaceful activism and its diversity, with its bad and its good".

Airlines have been warned to be extra cautious in light of possible US-led military action in the eastern Mediterranean in the next 72 hours.

But his military advisers have warned that a scaled-up response risks drawing the United States into further conflict with Russia and Iran, which support Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Federal agents were reportedly looking for information related to Cohen's hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, as well as any information related to the "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump brags on a hot mic about sexually assaulting women. The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

White Helmets first-responders and Syrian activists have claimed the suspected chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government on April 7 and killed more than 40 people in Douma, allegations that drew international outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. In a rare critique of Vladimir Putin, Trump blustered: "President Putin, Russia, and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad". Destroying the country has been a palatable price for him if it guarantees his staying in power.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

The Syrian pound lost nearly 10 percent of its value on prospects of an American attack, going from about 430 Syrian pounds to the dollar last week to 469 Wednesday.

Ibrahim al-Fawwal, a resident, said he left Douma in 2015 because he couldn't bear living under the Army of Islam.

A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "parts of but not the heart" of the program.

Britain's May won backing from her senior ministers to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syria. President Trump along with European Allies, France and England must send missile strikes to destroy all of Assad's airbases.

A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.