Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

While Trump has done nothing militarily to respond to the recent chemical weapons attack the U.S. blames on Syrian forces, the president has rallied United States allies and Russian Federation on the defensive by promising action Moscow can't hope to stop.

President Trump has sent mixed messages on the USA response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for US missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged caution on attacking Syria.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in the Netherlands, announced it was sending a fact-finding team to the site of the attack outside Damascus, and it was due to arrive Saturday.

Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, a monitor said Thursday, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest battles of Syria's seven-year war.

As fears of a Russia-West military confrontation mounted, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin said Mr Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

The U.S. and its allies threatened military action after an alleged gas attack by government forces over the weekend that Syrian opposition activists and medics say killed more than 40 people. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

Western threats endanger global peace and security, Assad said, and military action would only contribute to the "further destabilization" of the region. Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

Reports of the alleged attack first emerged on Saturday, when rebel-allied groups said an apparent chemical attack killed up to 70 people.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday that President Emmanuel Macron would decide whether to launch an attack over the "non-respect of the worldwide convention against chemical weapons", which is a "red line" for France.

Russia's Defense Ministry said Russian military police had been deployed in Douma as of Thursday.

More than 13,500 Syrian rebel fighters and their families have left Douma this month under a so-called evacuation deal between the rebels and the Russian military, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. The Kremlin's spokesperson also said that Russian Federation and the U.S. had actively been using an established hotline to avoid military clashes.

The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

"Whenever the Syrian army achieves victory in the field, some western countries rise their voices and intensify their movements in an attempt to change the track of events", Assad said, according to SANA.

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