Syrian MP Rules Out Possibility of US Attack

Syrian MP Rules Out Possibility of US Attack

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.

A day after warning Russia in a tweet that "missiles will be coming" to Syria, President Trump said on Twitter that an airstrike was not necessarily imminent.

Dr. Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said: "We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma".

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic. Symbolic military strikes by the United States merely to send a message to the "Butcher of Damascus" have not alleviated the misery of the Syrian people or the barbarism of the regime.

That did not necessarily signal, however, that Trump was cooling to the idea of military action, especially given the high stakes in Syria.

The attack at the weekend led to widespread condemnation, as Theresa May agreed with Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron that the international community "needed to respond" following the suspected attack.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

In a tweet, Trump said: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". Whatever this price is to be, there is no reason for it to occur without congressional authorization, for a change.

"But also it's a very, very delicate circumstance and we've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is less conflicted: she's ruled out joining any military action against Syria.

Russia, which backs Assad, has softened its initial threats to retaliate against U.S. ships and bases in event of an attack. He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks.

In an interview with Tasnim on Thursday, Nashaat al-Atrash slammed the allegations of Syria's involvement in a recent gas attack on civilians as a "US-fabricated lie". The dilemma: "Do you go in big and risk collateral damage?"

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the U.S. was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until the Syrian leader ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. Furthermore, Syria for all intents and purposes has become a vassal state for Russia and to some degree Iran. "Stop the arms race?" "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" the US president said in his latest early morning tweet on Thursday.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, striking a cautious tone after Trump's threat of missile strikes, said on Wednesday the United States was assessing intelligence about the suspected toxic gas attack. Khairullah is active with the Syrian American Council, a group that has called for the United States to destroy Assad's air force to prevent more fly-over bombings.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent a fact-finding team to investigate the Douma site.

A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "parts of but not the heart" of the program.