US has proof Syria carried out chemical weapons attack: State Department

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US has proof Syria carried out chemical weapons attack: State Department

"I think his national security advisers have advised him to get a coalition involved with this, to include the UK, French, perhaps the Jordanians, the Egyptians, Israelis, Saudis and Emirates - a coalition of the willing that can represent a very broad front", said McInerney.

France said it would consider a response with the United States and Britain.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs it, strongly oppose the claims, which they say are fabricated.

The Swedish-drafted text calls for the establishment of an investigative panel to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria after Russian Federation this week vetoed a USA proposal to set up such a mechanism.

On Friday, Konashenkov released statements by medics from Douma's hospital who said several people carrying video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons and causing panic.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalise the use of chemical weapons".

Amid escalating global tensions over Syria, President Donald Trump weighed his options for responding - possibly with military strikes - to the Syrian government's suspected chemical weapons attack against civilians. And we'll see what happens, folks. He said Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was a fabrication". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

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Mr Putin and Mr Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

Russian Federation has dismissed the purported chemical attack as fake and strongly warned the US and its allies against launching a military strike in Syria.

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Prior to the meeting, US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley said that her country, the United Kingdom and France had conducted a separate analysis of the incident to arrive at the conclusion that Douma had suffered from a chemical attack. "Russian Federation can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Thursday.

But a special hotline for the United States and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in Syria is active and being used by both sides, Moscow said Thursday.

General Tom McInerney suspects any response to apparent chemical attacks in Syria may be on hold while the Trump administration tries to build a coalition for any action.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there. When the Iraq forces, which had been decimated by ISIS, was too paralysed, and perhaps, frightened to fight, and Turkey tucked itself into its own side of the borders, supporting pockets of Syrian rebels, it was the small but courageous Kurdish fighters, especially the Peshmerga (those who face death) that filed out to take on the far superior ISIS forces.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe.

"I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

Congressman Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a USA strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress. It would also level the playing field that has tilted towards the Russia-Iran-Assad axis in the ongoing civil war inside Syria.

Macron said he had proof Assad's government was behind the attack on Saturday, while Damascus has denied involvement in the attack.

Russian Federation deployed its military forces in Syria, showing their allegiance to the Assad regime.

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