United States would not attack Syria over gas attack allegations: Syrian lawmaker

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Earlier in the day, Bashar al-Jaafari, Syrian ambassador to the United States, said in NY that two investigating teams from the OPCW were scheduled to arrive in Syria within the next 24 hours.

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss support for United States action against the Syrian regime.

"At the highest level, the presidents of the United States and France threatened a tough reaction, with the use of force against Syria". Syria and Russian Federation denied the attack.


Trump had vowed to take swift and decisive action against Syria since reports of a suspected poison gas attack on a rebel enclave that killed dozens of people.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that US officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

"Germany will not take part in possible - there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that - military action", Merkel said following a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin. She called the Syrian government a "murderous regime".


"There's a tactical concern that we don't add to innocent civilian deaths and that we do everything humanly possible to avoid that".

Although Mr. Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasised that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. U.S. lawmakers questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to order strikes without Congressional approval and opposition parties voiced concern.

Syria, which denies carrying out the latest attack, said it had invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has blamed the regime for previous such incidents, to visit Douma. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

On Wednesday, even though Mr Trump had previously said he would not "broadcast" his moves in Syria, he said in a post on Twitter that missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'". "We need to know where that's going, what the objective of it is before we take that act". Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.


"Legal morality is an absolute trap, because what's moral for you isn't for me", said Didier Billion of France's Institute for worldwide and Strategic Affairs.

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