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France Mulls Military Action Against Syria For Gas Attacks

15 April 2018, 09:54 | Opal Carroll

Smoke rises after the Assad Regime carried out airstrike in Ghouta Syria on 5 March 2018

Smoke rises after the Assad Regime carried out airstrike in Ghouta Syria on 5 March 2018

"The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.

President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with his national security team without a "final decision" on how to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. "We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television.

Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss joining mooted strikes by the USA and allies, with ministers agreeing "on the need to take action", her Downing Street office said in a statement.

President Trump has expressed outrage over the deadly assault in the suburb, Douma, and threatened a military response.

As a private citizen in 2013, Trump was stridently opposed to military intervention against the Bashar al-Assad regime, counseling on Twitter that there is "no upside and tremendous downside" to ousting Assad.

"It is Congress, not the President, who determines whether our country goes to war and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility".

Hold France orders military action in Syria with US, Britain
The group said it "strongly condemned" the action and accused May of "sanctioning killing" at US President Donald Trump's behest. The opposition leader questioned the prime minister's statement that the Syria attack is " right and legal ".


After meeting for more than two hours, the Cabinet gave May the green light to join the USA and France in planning possible strikes, but also left open the possibility of other responses.

The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Francois Delattre said that the Assad regime is using chemical weapons to attack its opponents in a pre-determined way.

But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.

A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 percent saying it was not necessary and 21 percent undecided. May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed.

Post-World War II Germany typically has been reluctant to engage in military action, and parliamentary approval is required for any military missions overseas. France is already involved in the US -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The country often has restricted itself to supporting roles, such as the participation of reconnaissance jets in the global campaign against the Islamic State group. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month. France also has a naval base in Abu Dhabi, and an aviation center in Qatar at the US air base at Al Udeid.

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

In Syria, French warplanes carried out 23 sorties in late March and early April but fired no strikes, as part of support for Syrian opposition forces fighting in the last pockets of IS control.



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