Divided UN Security Council wrestles over possible Syrian chemical attack

Divided UN Security Council wrestles over possible Syrian chemical attack

Divided UN Security Council wrestles over possible Syrian chemical attack

United States President Donald Trump is expected to make a decision by Tuesday on the "forceful" action his military will take against the suspected chemical attack in suburban Damascus in Syria on Saturday.

Trump planned two meetings with senior national security aides Monday on Syria, in addition to a previously scheduled late-afternoon White House conference with leaders of US military commands around the world.

Several of Colorado's members of Congress cautiously said Monday they would support US military action in Syria after the latest alleged chemical weapon attack, but most emphasized that President Donald Trump will need to follow through with Congress with a full plan for further intervention.

Trump added that such atrocities can not be allowed to happen.

USA officials to say they were weighing options to strike Syrian government targets and the Syria's state news agency initially blamed Monday's strike on the United States.

The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on responding to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Just over a year ago, it was a similar chemical attack that inspired Trump to order dozens of Tomahawk missiles launched at a Syrian airfield.

"We must not overlook Russian and Iran's roles in the murderous destruction", she said.

Human rights groups and United Nations officials say the tactic amounts to forced displacement, a war crime. "They're saying they're not", Trump said. When asked if the USA would respond in a similar way to this latest alleged chemical attack, White House adviser Tom Bossert told ABC television: "I wouldn't take anything off the table". "Our military specialists have visited this place, along with representatives of the Syrian Red Crescent. and they did not find any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians", Lavrov said.

Despite the fact that both Israel and the USA have silently watched the butchering of millions of people in Syria, their aggression against the attacks in East Ghouta reveals another reason for disturbance.

Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russian Federation could veto the measure.

The Syria conflict was further complicated on Monday when unidentified warplanes struck a Syrian air base near Homs, killing at least 14 people, including Iranian personnel.

In 2013, the Obama administration was part of a deal signed off on by Russian Federation in which Syria was supposed to remove and destroy all of its chemical weapons. The reports were hard to verify, though, because Syrian forces blocked off access to Douma, where it reportedly happened.

A United Nations official on Monday called for the establishment of an investigative mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria after reports of a new chemical attack in the Arab country over the weekend. The opposition group Jaish al-Islam has accused the Russian and the Syrian governments of a "scorched earth" policy in eastern Ghouta.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that the USA and their allies are using provocations in order to maintain their presence in Syria. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base.

"As long as he is in power, the Syrian people will remain trapped in a horrific and unsafe situation", he said at the time.

The war in Syria is in the news following a suspected chemical weapons attack, in which at least 70 people have died.

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