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One way to ensure Assad cannot use such weapons is to conduct strikes on his chemical infrastructure, including by targeting factories and weapons holding areas. From inside the Situation Room, they might - we might imagine that these are discrete, controllable steps. But a departure from Syria would be unwise: A continued but limited US presence will support and protect the Kurds, and keep Islamic State on the run.

Asked about the risks of U.S. military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

With punitive US military action seemingly imminent, Russia scrambled to deflect blame from Syria's Bashar al-Assad and, according to a monitor group, regime forces evacuated key defense buildings in Damascus. They are in eastern Syria, far from Damascus. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

Local activists said this number included about 20,000 rebel fighters.

Meanwhile, Turkey warned Wednesday that a possible military confrontation between the US and Russia in Syria would set the whole Middle East region on fire.

"That would change my calculus".

One year later, rebel held areas of Ghouta were attacked by rockets containing sarin gas.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

Russia, Assad's most important ally in his seven-year-old war with rebels, said it had deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces.

But the president's subsequent tweet struck a different tone.

Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

The alleged chemical attack took place in Douma last Saturday.

Various groups have used chemical warfare in Syria on many occasions.

"We have been working to get an understanding of what happened on the ground". Peskov's comments were reported by the Interfax news agency.

Under no circumstances should President Donald Trump authorize action against Syrians that could lead to wider military involvement there.

"The batches are still going out". Western states are thought to be preparing for missile strikes in response to the alleged attack.

The SOHR reported 40 deaths as a result of sarin gas in Eastern Ghouta last week. The lie is not the answer. He has previously told his national security team he wants US troops to exit Syria within six months.

U.S. officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russia, with the White House saying "all options are on the table". "This posturing may trigger a dangerous process", Pushkov said on Thursday at a meeting with representatives for the Association of Foreign Correspondents at the Federation Council.

He described the impossible choice civilians like himself were facing. "There is the crime fraud exception - the only time you get to pierce that attorney-client privilege is if there is a crime committed", said David Urban, a CNN political commentator who ran Trump's 2016 campaign in Pennsylvania.

That may prove too little, too late.

As anti-war protesters waved placards outside, Mrs May detailed how Britain's strategic objective for military action was to prevent the "normalisation" of chemical weapons use.

This 'effect' has benefitted numerous US administrations, dating back to former President John F. Kennedy's popularity boost during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S.in the lead, could send a message of international unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons. Men stood around, some with rifles over their shoulders, as buses arrived.

Mr Davis suggested he had changed his mind since he voted against Syrian intervention in 2013 when David Cameron was prime minister.

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