Britain Considers Military Action Against Syria

Trump says missiles 'will be coming' after Russia warns US against military strikes in Syria

The UK Cabinet agreed at a meeting on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was highly likely responsible for the alleged chemical attack and that Prime Minister Theresa May should coordinate the response to the incident with the United States and France.

"France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security", he added, before calling for an end to the "chemical weapons escalation in Syria".

Earlier Thursday, Trump appeared to walk back earlier comments in which he warned Russian Federation to brace for missiles which he said "will be coming". "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said no decision had been taken to launch strikes and stressed Washington was taking time to assess the implications of possible military action after Russia warned it could lead to a unsafe US-Russian war.

Trump has consulted with USA allies, particularly France and the United Kingdom, about a coordinated response to the suspected chemical attack, but officials say they have not reached a firm agreement on scale or timing.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "It is a very, very delicate circumstance, and we've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis, knowing exactly ... how strong the evidence is".

Haley made clear that the US administration was taking time to assess the full implications of military strikes on Syria after Russia warned that it could lead to a risky US-Russian war. He said he has been talking regularly this week with U.S. President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

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That prompted Mr Trump to tweet: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

President Donald Trump huddled with top national security advisors Thursday to weigh his military options in Syria, as Moscow warned against any move that risks triggering a conflict between Russian Federation and the United States.

Macron said Thursday that France has proof the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

"You are a minority Government, and you need to seek the consent of Parliament before you commit the United Kingdom to any action".

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

He said even if the investigative team verifies the use of chemical weapons, "we will not know who did it".

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the USA -led coalition. Russian Federation has blamed Syrian opposition forces for the attack. Multiple Islamic State retaliatory attacks have targeted French soil, including just last month.

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