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15 April 2018, 08:12 | Erica Roy
On Saturday, a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma was blamed on Syrian President Bashar Assad.
United States president Donald Trump has told Russian Federation to "get ready" for missiles to be fired at Syria, using Twitter to lambast Russian Federation for being "partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it".
Trump has, however, cast doubt on the timing of the possible military action, saying, "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". "I just want to remind you one more time it's 2018, it's not the middle of the 20th century", she said, adding that in a time of instant communications there's no reason "why people who are in charge of our security and global peace can't talk".
But a special hotline for the USA and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in Syria is active and being used by both sides, Moscow said Thursday.
Mr. Mattis said he personally believes Syria is guilty of an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons, while noting that the global fact-finding team would likely fall short of determining who was responsible.
The Russian military insists that the Douma attack might have been staged, adding that its units, dispatched to the site, found no traces of chemical weapons.
He went on to state, "We have not yet made any decision to launch military attacks into 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.
He also noted that France would decide whether to strike Syria when all the necessary information has been gathered.
However, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that Paris had "the proof" that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, including chlorine, "last week".
As tensions mount between the U.S. and Russian Federation over a possible USA strike, the Kremlin said a crisis communications link with the United States meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was being used by both sides.
Iran, which has been operating militarily in Syria and backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, has threatened to respond to an Israeli airstrike on the T-4 airbase in Syria on Monday. France has also said it would join the military action. In a statement, Senator Bernie Sanders said Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. "Numerous, large-scale attacks on another country without Congressional authorisation are unconstitutional, and they push the United States closer to what could be an interminable, all-out conflict in Syria". The fact-finding mission of the OPCW is to start their work in Douma on Saturday.
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