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Western powers at United Nations make case for military action against Syria

Western powers at United Nations make case for military action against Syriaā€¯

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

He said even if the investigative team verifies the use of chemical weapons, "we will not know who did it". 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.

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

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.

The British government has signaled that it was ready to back United States military action against Syria, saying it was "highly likely" the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged.

President Donald Trump warned Russia Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

Videos and photos from the site of the attack, along with witness testimony contradicted that, and on Thursday, the USA reportedly received physical evidence.

Prime Minister Theresa May was holding an emergency cabinet to discuss joining mooted strikes by the U.S. and allies, as rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.

"Cabinet agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", a spokeswoman for the prime minister said in a statement after the meeting.

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

Opposition Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable told the BBC that parliament "can and should be recalled immediately" to hold a vote on the latest possible action. A YouGov poll showed just one in five members of the public support a strike on Syria. 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.

A spokesman for May declined to comment on the report.

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

Britain has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but not against the country's government.

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

At a congressional hearing in Washington, defence secretary General James Mattis also signalled caution, saying the president had not yet decided whether military force would be part of the U.S. response in Syria.



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