Syria: what is 'deconfliction' and what form might US strikes take?

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said he believes the suspected chemical attack took place but said the U.S.is still "looking for the actual evidence".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that the USA threat to strike Syria will further destabilize the region, state news agency SANA reported. "Now we have to make some. decisions, so they'll be made fairly soon".

Trump, also took to Twitter Thursday morning to push back against a New York Times report indicating he floated the idea of shutting down special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe in December.

The tweet came as Trump administration officials have consulted with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack.

Earlier on Wednesday the United States reportedly disagreed over a probe in the usage of chemical weapons in Syria.

In a Wednesday morning tweet, the president called Assad a "gas killing animal" and scorned Russian Federation for associating with the Syrian leader.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he would respond to "proof" that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, "at a time of our choosing".

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The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" said Trump in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government".

The White House says President Donald Trump has decided not to attend a summit in South America this week to remain in the U.S.to manage the crisis.

The Russian military said later it had observed movements of United States naval forces in the Gulf.

Ministers, summoned to Number 10 for an emergency session during the parliamentary Easter break, spent more than two hours discussing the options for backing US President Trump's threatened attack on Syrian government forces. Trump previously ridiculed other world leaders, including President Obama, for similar statements, claiming they gave advantageous information to enemies.

Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, was the last rebel-held area in the eastern Ghouta region.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was convening a meeting of her Cabinet on Thursday afternoon, at which she is expected to make the case for supporting the USA in any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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