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

Syrian tanks assemble on the outskirts of Douma on Sunday in an operation to retake Eastern Ghouta

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria.

What seems to be delaying that decision is the fear a strike could spark a much bigger war than anyone wants.

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

The worry of Russian retaliation is real and there still appears to be an idea to punish Syria.

"It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that", said Trump, as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to the West Wing to present options for a retaliatory strike.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a USA strike could lead to a conflagration with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

The Prime Minister summoned her top team to No 10 amid signs she is preparing to join US-led air strikes against Syrian targets after saying "all the indications" were that President Bashar Assad's regime was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on its own people last weekend.

Assad's main ally Russian Federation has repeatedly issued warnings to the U.S. that it will shoot back at missiles, warships and jets if they strike against Syria, bringing the USA and Russian Federation into direct conflict for the first time.

The United States accused the Syrian government on Friday of using banned chemical arms at least 50 times since Syria's civil war began seven years ago - far higher than the number of attacks that had been publicly confirmed.

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He said: "Parliament must be consulted on this". Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" and on Thursday tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

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.

The ministers said there was a need to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

Officials also said that the USA has compiled intelligence from the US and other countries, including images, that indicate the Syrian government was behind the weekend attack. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was convening a meeting of her Cabinet on Thursday afternoon, at which she is expected to make the case for supporting the USA in any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mr. Mattis said.

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

"You are a minority Government, and you need to seek the consent of Parliament before you commit the United Kingdom to any action".

Outlining the reasons why he voted against, he said: "One was because he (Mr Cameron) hadn't provided the evidence and intelligence that we knew who it was, and secondly because there was not a proper plan which was thought through properly".

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