US Officials Claim Syrian Military Repositioning Air Assets

The world is watching what US President Donald Trump decides to do in Syria. Eric Thayer  Bloomberg

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a Cabinet meeting to decide the U.K.'s response in Syria following a suspected chemical weapons attack reportedly carried out by the Syrian government.

Since the attack in Douma on Saturday, Trump showed a visceral reaction to graphic images of pallid children struggling for breath and frantically being doused with water by first responders.

Bolivia, one of 10 non-permanent council members and a strong supporter of Russian Federation, requested the meeting to address "the recent escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and the threat of the use of unilateral actions", according to the request sent Wednesday and seen by AFP.

Macron, asked whether France would take military action, said his country would continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

British Prime Minister told reporters on Wednesday that "the use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged". As I say, we've been working with them to get a better understanding of what happened on the ground.

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma", said Peter Salama, the World Health Organization deputy director general of emergency preparedness and response.

"The continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

Russian Federation has warned the United States that a strike on Syria could trigger a potential major showdown between the two former Cold War adversaries - a prospect not considered in decades.

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

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!"

On Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin told Hezbollah's TV station Al Manar that if there was an American strike on Syria, they would be shot down and the launch sites would be targeted.

"We worked assiduously through the final days of the administration to galvanize our allies and other global partners to help us address these omissions".

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma", said Peter Salama, the United Nations agency's chief of emergency response.

Syria was bracing for a military strike that could be larger than a year ago, when Trump ordered an assault on the war-battered Middle Eastern nation's chemical warfare assets. "They seem not to really believe that Russian Federation will give a tough military response and expect some sort of a local brawl, exchanging some minor blows".

In 2011 the then Foreign Secretary, William Hague, promised to "enshrine in law for the future the necessity of consulting Parliament on military action".

The US President says he wants to pull US troops out of war-torn Syria.

May's approach contrasted with that of Corbyn, who warned that any military action could lead to an escalation of the long-running conflict and called for a vote in parliament.

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer said: "Binding votes on foreign policy, guided by extremely sensitive intelligence which can never be shared in the Commons, are a bad idea". In the aftermath of the attack, he criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and threatened there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths. Russian military advisers are deployed at many Syrian government facilities.

When then-U.S. president Barack Obama almost attacked Syrian forces in September 2013 following a similar chemical assault, Al Assad and his forces were reeling.

Tomahawk cruise missiles, first used by the United States military during Desert Storm, maneouver easily and fly low to hit targets.

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