Syria has reached 'point of no return' over chemical attacks

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Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in NY said the escalation of the situation in Syria "is impacting.it could escalate to greater military conflict".

Japan will only support U.S. President Donald Trump's "resolve" to prevent any further use of chemical weapons in Syria, the sources said.

The announcement came on Thursday, just days after the suspected attack which, according to activists and medics on the ground, claimed the lives of more than 85 civilians and injured at least 1,200 people.

"So striking at Syria is not a good solution, but doing nothing after the use of chemical weapons is even worse", he said.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

"What we've got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other", Julian Lewis, the chairman of the House of Commons defence committee, told the BBC.

Russian Federation is a major backer of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war, and strongly opposes the USA claim that Syrian government forces attacked a rebel-held town near Damascus on Saturday with chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015 and became Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally in the war against armed opposition groups.

His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said he was in daily contact with Trump, stating France has evidence that Assad's regime was behind the attack.


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

The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the US without seeking prior approval from parliament, and the Financial Times said the cabinet had agreed to this.

Mr Putin has also talked to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him not to take action to destabilise Syria and threaten its security. Initial reports indicated the use of chlorine gas, possibly in addition to the nerve agent Sarin. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any US military action.

Trump's latest threat is a response to comments made by Alexander Zasypkin, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, who on Tuesday evening said Russia would respond to any U.S. strike on Syri by targeting any missiles and launchers.

Asked about the risks of USA military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be US missiles. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable".

Moisi stressed the "risk of escalation" of the conflict amid increasing concerns about a U.S. -Russia proxy war.

The Kremlin was speaking as British ministers planned to gather to discuss whether to join the United States and France in a possible military attack on Syria that threatens to bring Western and Russian forces into direct confrontation.

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