Britain ready for military action in days as cabinet supports May

Britain ready for military action in days as cabinet supports May

Britain ready for military action in days as cabinet supports May

"Parliament must be consulted on this", he said. British officials said up to 75 people were killed.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria.

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

His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said he was in daily contact with Trump, stating France has evidence that Assad's regime was behind the attack.

Cabinet ministers have agreed on a "need to take action" against Syria, following a suspected chemical weapon attack that claimed the lives of dozens of people in the Damascus suburb of Douma. And he insisted it remains US policy not to be involved directly in Syria's civil war. "It is to drive this to a United Nations -brokered peace but, at the same time, keep our foot on the neck of ISIS until we suffocate it", referring to the Islamic State extremist group.

Mattis addressed a hearing of a House of Representatives committee on Thursday. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Later Thursday he was noncommittal. "So they'll be made fairly soon". "The president has not made that decision".

"Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account". A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons. He also said the proof shows it was carried out by the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

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The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group.

Blood and urine samples from victims of the attack have tested positive for chlorine and an unknown nerve agent, NBC News reports.

Mattis said Wednesday that the U.S. is "still assessing the intelligence" on whether the Assad regime is to blame for the recent suspected chemical attack.

May has said "all indications" point to Syrian responsibility for the attack. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

"So striking at Syria is not a good solution, but doing nothing after the use of chemical weapons is even worse", he said.

Moisi stressed the "risk of escalation" of the conflict amid increasing concerns about a U.S. -Russia proxy war.

"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he said. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing. "We need to know where that's going, what the objective of it is before we take that act".

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was convening a meeting of her Cabinet on Thursday afternoon, at which she is expected to make the case for supporting the U.S. in any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

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