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Responding to Idlib attack, Trump considering military action in Syria


[4/6/2017 2:02:18 PM]

AMMONNEWS - CNN quoted US sources reported that US President Donald Trump told members of Congress that he was thinking of military action against Syria.

Earliers, the US has not excluded a military response to a poison gas attack that killed scores of civilians which Washington blamed on the Syrian government, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

Asked whether the military option had been taken off the table, the official said: “No.”

It is unclear how much US military planning exists on striking targets associated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The Pentagon is presenting a range of possible military options the White House could take in response to the suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said options include strikes to ground the Syrian air force.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is presenting the options to President Trump and administration officials in response to White House requests, the official said.

The official stressed that no decisions had been taken

Tillerson, Russia’s Lavrov spoke about Syria poison gas attack
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday about a poison gas attack in Syria that the United States has blamed on the Russia-backed Syrian government, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.

The discussion came days before Tillerson goes to Moscow for talks with Russian officials expected to focus on the Syrian civil war and Russia’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We sought the Russian analysis or readout of what they thought had happened” in the poison gas attack, the official said on condition of anonymity.

*Agencies

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