U.S. at UN Makes Case for Military Action Against Syria

US president Donald Trump says Syria attack 'could be very soon or not so soon at all'

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take, reports CNN.

Trump discussed the Syria situation with his national security team at the White House on Thursday.

"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.

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

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response", the statement concluded.

Earlier on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the West against attacking Syria, saying accusations about the suspected chemical attack on Douma were "fabricated".

The Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis has made it clear he has significant concerns over the unforeseen consequences of a strike on Syria.

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the USA -led coalition.

The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

Opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before committing British troops. A military operation would be a big deal for Macron, his first military action as president, at a time of heightened domestic tensions over labor law changes.

A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.

Formally, the prime minister has the right to go to war without approval from parliament, but a convention has been established in previous conflicts where MPs have a vote either before or shortly after military action begins.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approved military action.

Britain has been launching air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria", Ms. Haley told the council.

"The position is a very risky one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

A spokesman for May declined to comment on the report.

Although Mattis noted the risks of military action, he emphasized that Syria's use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.

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