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Trump holds Syria, Russia 'responsible' for Douma massacre

Trump holds Syria, Russia 'responsible' for Douma massacre”

The Russian Defense Military labelled the WHO statement "unfounded", and called reports of an attack a "fabrication and provocation".

In a later tweet, Mr Trump claimed that the "bad blood" with Russia was due to the Special Counsel's Russia investigation into meddling in the 2016 US election.

Russia is Syria's ally but does not approve of all of its behavior. For the west, it is the normalisation of the use of weapons of mass destruction. The Syrian government and Russia have denied a chemical attack occurred.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any U.S. strike on Syria by targeting any missiles and launchers involved. "As before, we consider it important not to take steps that could destabilise an already fragile situation". The report said no high-value Russian assets like ships or planes were in the crosshairs.

The extraordinarily provocative tweets come hours after Prime Minister Theresa May bowed to international and domestic pressure and agreed Britain will join France and the United States in a likely military strike on Syria.

Mattis said that although the United States has no hard proof, he thinks the Syrian government was responsible for Saturday's attack.

Experts told Business Insider, however, that such a confrontation was unlikely.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that many of the more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. The administration said that Trump would "oversee the American response to Syria".

The idea of a coordinated, punitive strike on Syria runs counter to the narrative put forth by a Russian diplomat, who on Wednesday said Russia would shoot down any US missiles headed for Syria and potentially retaliate.

Given the prospect of conflict with Russia as well as Syria, Sanders said that "all options are on the table".

A child being treated for suspected chemical gas poisoning in Douma, Syria, on Sunday. In the past Trump has vowed to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

Another US official familiar with how the US intelligence is unfolding regarding the chemical attack tells CNN that the initial intelligence assessment - that a chemical agent was used - is based on viewing the videos and comparing the shown physical effects with what is known about both chlorine and nerve agents.

In the message on the social media service Twitter, Trump said, "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Syrian supporters of President Bashar al-Assad gather in the northern city of Aleppo to show support for the regime's operation to retake the totality of the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta.

"The Russians want a peace deal".

The AP says the Syrian government and Russian supporters requested the mission. Deconfliction lines between the US and Russia help. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"



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