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French President Emmanuel Macron said his nation, the US and Britain will decide how to respond. Virtually all US missiles now have advanced guidance systems. I expect there will be a strike like past year.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said any United States missile strike could be an attempt to destroy evidence of the reported chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, for which Damascus and Moscow have denied any responsibility.

On Saturday, Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics said the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region had been attacked by government forces using bombs filled with toxic chemicals. Macron said the decision would be made on the possibility of striking Syria's "chemical capacities", while White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "all options are on the table".

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny such an attack happened.

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"They are and we will be helping al Qaida if we help them to do a sustained military campaign against the brutal Assad regime".

Russian Federation and Syria have blamed Israel for an attack on a Syrian military airport on Monday that reportedly killed at least 14 people.

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

Karen Pierce, the United Kingdom ambassador to the UN, said it was a "sad day for the Security Council" and "for the people of Douma", adding that Russia's "credibility as a member of the council is now in question". Others said they have readied underground basements for cover. We put a small contingent of American troops on the ground to help train rebels fighting Assad while trying not to inadvertently help ISIS fighters who were also opposing Assad.

The Syrian pound lost almost 10 percent of its value on prospects of an American attack, going from about 430 Syrian pounds to the dollar last week to 469 Wednesday.

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Last summer, Trump took the side of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries in their ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Al-Thani told reporters the region could not tolerate "a war criminal" like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"If the U.S. decides on an option that involves more than cruise missiles and potentially a few stealth aircraft, it will have to suppress the Syrian air defense network and threaten or potentially even kill Russians", Bronk said.

That official was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

Taleb Ibrahim, a professor of global relations at the University of Damascus, stated that any missile attack on Syria would be insane and would cause an natural disaster that would affect all countries in the region.

Wednesday's statement is also notable because Trump has criticized his predecessors for publicly telegraphing United States military action. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing that "smart" missiles "will be coming". The United States President also said that Russian Federation shouldn't be partners with a "Gas Killing Animal". Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed support for such a move.

World Health Organization said more than 70 people taking shelter in basements reportedly died in the attack, with 43 of those deaths related to exposure to toxic chemicals.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said it will convene a meeting Monday in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

The expert said: "The capability exists, given enough time and effort to identify where the chemical weapons stocks are and the delivery means, which are mostly aircraft, and then over time to begin to strike at them from range and that I guess is what's under consideration. and you're not going to do that completely but you are going to make a difference over time".

Mr Nebenzia said threats of USA military action "should make us seriously anxious, all of us".