Syrian troops on alert amid fear of United States strike after attack

"Russia will inevitably veto the U.S. resolution criticising Assad, and Washington will use this to justify military strikes", he said. "It was awful", Mr Trump said, adding that "nothing was off the table" in regards to the upcoming U.S. response.

A USA official says the United States is examining "how best to deal with" Syria's upcoming presidency of the U.N.'s top forum on disarmament in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the war-battered country.

President Donald Trump said the alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend was "atrocious" and "horrible".

President Donald Trump condemned the attacks, tweeting that it was "mindless chemical attack" and that the people responsible will pay a "big price".

This time previous year, Trump found himself in a similar position when he authorized a missile strike on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun.

Syria has dismissed the reports as being made-up, saying that the chemical attack is a "fabrication" - as has its main ally, Russia.

Trump said it will take roughly twenty-four hours for the United States to determine which party was responsible for the alleged chemical attack. "It was awful." He said he will be huddling with military advisers to consider US options and "nothing's off the table".

Workers said more than 500 people, mostly women and children, were brought to medical centers. Yevgeny Serberennikov, from the defense committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency that Russia is eager for the OPCW to "finally start carrying out the functions it was created for".

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During a stormy council meeting, the Russian ambassador warned that a USA military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.

The Syrian envoy pointed out that while the United States may speak of admirable aims and claim moral high ground, one should consider whether the U.S. contribution to Syria has been to provide food and milk for Syrian children or to supply weapons to militants responsible for killing the Syrian people. "If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out and we'll know the answers quite soon".

Syria's government has denied using chemical weapons throughout the Syrian conflict, which began in 2011.

Moscow said it warned the USA of "grave repercussions" if it carried out an attack against Syrian government forces. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday the United States has taken an unconstructive position and is refusing to face reality. Washington denied this, and France, which in February had said it would strike in the event of a chemical weapons attack on civilians by Syrian government forces, said its forces were not involved.

"We are on the edge of a unsafe precipice", Haley said.

"Working with our allies and partners from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere we are going to address this issue", Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis said.

Haley also said: "We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies".

"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the United States that armed force under a mendacious pretext against Syria where - at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions". And the USA warned Russian Federation of the attack in advance.

  • Adam Floyd