U.S. requests United Nations vote on Syria chemical inquiry

Aaron Brown
April 12, 2018

Amid the tough talk at the White House, the USA military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order. He added that a response would be decided "shortly".

The resolutions proposed today "are not about Douma, let's not mislead anyone about that", Nebenzya said, having noted that the U.S. has already reached its conclusion on the matter without any investigation at all.

The attack comes nearly exactly a year after a chemical atrocity in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people.

"This has coincided with a request from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma".

May's predecessor David Cameron tried and failed to get support from lawmakers to join a military strike in Syria in 2013 over suspected chemical weapons use. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had spoken to Mr Macron on Tuesday morning and would be speaking to Mr Trump later in the day.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that adopting the U.S. -drafted resolution was the least that member nations could do.

But Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has indicated the Kremlin might veto such a move because "it contains some unacceptable elements".

A senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that Moscow is willing to help arrange a visit for experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to the site of the suspected poison gas attack in Douma.

"I think as more time is going on, that window is closing for some kind of response that's going to make any difference on the ground", Lyons said, noting that it still needs to be proven if it was a chemical attack.

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Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis said this week they're not ruling out the possibility of military action against President Bashar al-Assad's government after the suspected chemical attack.

Speaking ahead of his Monday evening meeting on Syria with military advisers, Trump stated that some type of decision about the USA response would be made tonight or "shortly" afterward.

France said it will retaliate against the regime of the Syrian president if evidence emerges that it was behind the attack, a government spokesman said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that as of Monday night, troops have been on a 72-hour alert and are fortifying their positions.

The Sound and Picture Organization, an activist collective in eastern Syria, said that Iranian fighters and members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group have evacuated their positions in the Boukamal area, near the Iraqi border, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group.

As Mr. Trump huddled with his military and national security advisers, the U.S. Navy revealed that the USS Donald Cook, a guided-missile destroyer, left the port of Larnacain Cyprus on Monday.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, speaking earlier on Wednesday, said parliament should be given a say on any military action May wants to take. "Probably after the fact".

The threat is a response to a reported chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma, which was held by the rebel forces.

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