Alleged Syrian Gas Attack to Be 'Met Forcefully'

Aaron Brown
April 10, 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday he will make a decision as early as this evening on the USA response to what he called an "atrocious" chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria and warned that he will hold the responsible parties accountable.

Speaking to reporters at the start of the meeting, Trump said the United States had a lot of options militarily on Syria and expected to make a decision on Monday night or shortly thereafter.

In an impassioned speech at the U.N., Haley declared, "Only a monster does this". "Probably after the fact", Trump said.

Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack. "Everybody's gonna pay a price. He will. Everybody will".

The meeting's attendees included Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

However, there has been no independent verification of the SAMS report-though the U.S. State Department believes the report is credible. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus.

It added that it "joins a long series of similar attacks using chemical weapons perpetrated by the regime since Assad undertook to disarm from such weapons".

"The boorishness against my country is unacceptable and exceeds Cold War standards", he said. At the time, Russian Federation said the poison gas was released when Syrian warplanes bombed a facility where rebels were making chemical weapons. "It was an atrocious attack, it was awful".

Trump has discussed the matter with French President Emmanuel Macron, and both expressed that they will come up with a "firm response". A Joint Investigative Mechanism between the OPCW and the United Nations was set up by the Security Council for that goal.

Mattis, in separate remarks at the Pentagon, also suggested Moscow bore some blame.

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Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack.

Trump is faced again with the choice of conducting a limited strike that might not even deter Assad from future chemical attacks or a wider response that risks drawing the USA deeper into a global conflict. "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out", he said.

But the U.S. has renewed a push for the United Nations Security Council to establish a new inquiry into who is to blame for using chemical weapons in Syria.

An escalating war of words has broken out between Moscow and Washington over a suspected chemical attack in a Syrian rebel-held town, raising global tensions amid calls for action at an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting. They would later go to insurgent territory in the north near the Turkish border, it said.

On Monday, acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan also spoke by phone twice with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Nebenzia urged investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - the global chemical weapons watchdog - to fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to look into accusations about the attack, offering them protection by Syrian authorities and Russian troops.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's conflict, said 14 fighters were killed, including Syrian army officers and Iranian forces.

"Al-Assad and his allies in Russian Federation and Iran must know that the United States will not stand for such heinous and disturbing attacks on innocent civilians", Gardner told Denver7.

It was only last Wednesday Haley slammed United Nations inction on Syria's chemical weapons use, saing the world was "sliding backward" into a practice long condemned by the entire globe.

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