U.S. found chlorine gas, nerve agent in samples from Syria attack

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TOPSHOT- A member of the Syrian pro-regime forces fires a machine gun as a comrade holds his feeding ammunition belt during the advance towards rebel-held positions west of Aleppo near Abu al Zuhur military airport in the Idlib

Macron did not say what the evidence is; however, he stressed France is in daily contact with the Trump administration and that they will respond "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".

Separately, Downing Street would not be drawn on claims Mrs May was preparing to authorise United Kingdom forces to strike against Assad with first seeking vote in Parliament.

Russian Federation has repeatedly warned at the council that Western military action in Syria would be illegal and could lead to a wider conflict.

The president's followers, already flustered following yesterday's stream of tweets vacillating between aggressive rhetoric and blaming the Democrats for poor relations with Moscow, didn't know quite what to make of the latest tweet.

Trump is still weighing options for military action over a suspected April 7 chemical weapons attack near Damascus, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Western powers accused the forces of Bashar Assad of a deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma, the last pocket of rebel resistance in the area, a claim that Russian Federation has denied at the UN.

Since his election past year, Mr Macron has said the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria was a "red line" and that France would retaliate militarily if it were proven. But concrete evidence linking the Syrian regime to the attack might not be a prerequisite for a military response from the West.

He did not say whether France is planning military action against Assad's government.

The US is finalising plans for a military response against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, which is being propped up by Russian Federation and Iran.

May isn't legally required to get Parliament's backing for military action, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote.

Hundreds were injured in the suspected sarin gas attack
Image Dozens were killed and hundreds injured in the suspected chemical attack

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

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response".

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of global law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

She claimed to have proof that the White Helmets - the Syrian volunteer organisation which mainly operates in rebel-controlled areas - were responsible.

On Tuesday, Macron said any French action would target Syria's chemical weapons abilities.

Her comments came as both Washington and Moscow ratcheted up the growing war of words between the two sides.

"If an attack occurs against the forces [in Syria] backed by Russian Federation or there is an attack by the US-supported forces, Russian Federation won't be able to stay away, otherwise it will lose its influence".

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Mr Trump added: "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state that "a couple hundred Russians" were recently killed in Syria, an apparent reference to a shootout involving USA forces.


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