Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

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Why do we concern ourselves with the civil war in Syria only when chemical weapons are used ["Trump vows quick response to attack in Syria", front page, April 10]? "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

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, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks.

"It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that", said Trump, as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to the West Wing to present options for a retaliatory strike. At a photo-taking session during a Pentagon meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian government.

Sanders adds that USA officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies". "We're still working on this". Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

US officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack.

His latest tweet, on Thursday evening, said: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

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But in tweeting about the forthcoming attack, Trump appeared to publicly telegraph military plans - something for which he heavily criticized former President Barack Obama back in 2013.

"The situation in the world is getting more chaotic", he said. We are totally predictable. Trump said Thursday on Twitter. US officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday. "So we're looking at that very strongly and very seriously".

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said at the session that the worsening situation in the Middle East is threatening worldwide peace and security.

"It is Congress, not the President, who determines whether our country goes to war and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility".

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike.

The U.S. has threatened to respond militarily to the alleged chemical attack near the capital of Damascus last weekend that killed at least 40 people, many of them children, in the town of Douma. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied a chemical attack occurred.

Macron doesn't need parliamentary permission to launch an operation.

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the USA -led coalition. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

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