Friday, 20 April, 2018

USA at UN Makes Case for Military Action Against Syria

Syrian official news agency SANA soldiers and residents salute civilians after they were released by the Army of Islam group that had held them since 2013 in Damascus Syria early Monday Britain ready for military action in days as cabinet supports May
Lillian Steele | 16 April, 2018, 01:52

"There has been no decision to take military action at this point".

According to the sources, the specific response being considered in the event of US military action against Syria is Japan's "support for the USA resolve to fulfill its responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons". The Syrian government has been known to use chlorine bombs, along with sarin, a nerve agent developed by Nazi Germany that was used in a 2013 attack that killed almost 1,500 people outside of Damascus.

He said that because the USA had no personnel at the site of the suspected chemical attack, it has no hard evidence of what happened, although he personally believed it was an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons.

After warning Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was holding meetings on Syria and expected to make decisions "fairly soon".

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in the Netherlands, announced it would send a fact-finding team to the site of the attack outside Damascus, and it was due to arrive Saturday.

He also said the proof shows it was carried out by the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

"Six in ten Brits (61%) say that it should be necessary for Parliament to vote first on whether the United Kingdom takes part in military action in Syria - 18% say it should not be necessary for Parliament to vote on the matter", the pollster wrote on Twitter on the results of its survey.

Opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before committing British troops.

The statement made no reference to whether Parliament would be given a say on military action - prompting renewed concerns among opposition parties and some Tory MPs that Mrs May is prepared to go ahead without a Commons vote. 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. The Downing Street statement did not mention parliament, and a spokeswoman did not comment on those reports.

Parliament voted down British military action against Assad's government in 2013, in an embarrassment for May's predecessor, David Cameron.

Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of global law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.

But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to Islamic State (IS) group targets.

Speaking to congress at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Mattis said he believed a chemical attack had taken place and blamed Russian Federation for being complicit in Syrian government's possession of chemical weapons.

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