Strikes against Syria are underway; Britain, France joining in attacks

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US President Donald Trump has warned Russian Federation of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In April previous year Trump ordered limited missile strikes on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a similar chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun.

President Trump put Syria and Russian Federation on notice Wednesday morning, promising that missiles fired at Syria "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" - while also telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a "Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that according to reports from its partners, 500 people who sought treatment Saturday showed signs and symptoms of toxic chemical exposure.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be US missiles.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syrian television called the attacks a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law, and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, derided them as a "military crime".

"Cabinet agreed the Prime Minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an global response".

President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Trump said that he would make a decision about how to respond within a few days, adding that the United States had "a lot of options militarily" on Syria.

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In a series of other tweets Wednesday, the president lamented the state of the US relationship with Russian Federation and blasted Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "corrupt". He spoke during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to the supreme leader of his ally, Iran.

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.

"Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism for several years on its territory", Zakharova wrote in response to Trump's Wednesday tweet.

Trump said Monday he would decide "over the next 24 to 48 hours" on his response to Syria. Many have dug out old tweets from Trump when President Obama made similar threats, which basically said that attacking Syria is a waste of time and money.

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

The council has already failed to agree on a response to the attack in three votes and has been deadlocked throughout the Syrian civil war.

Cafarella said the United States must decide how far it wants to go in terms of hitting Iranian proxy forces near U.S. positions in eastern Syria, or even targeting Russian-supported facilities. He committed the U.S.to this approach last April when he struck Syrian air bases following a chemical attack on civilians by the Assad regime.

"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.

"We have proof that last week. chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad", Macron said, without offering details of any evidence. US allies, including France and Great Britain, are also considering responses.

Russian Federation and Syria quickly responded to Trump's threat on Wednesday.

White House officials did not reply to a request for more detail on Trump's remarks.

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