UK's May mulls joining the US, France on Syria

UK's May mulls joining the US, France on Syria

Macron said French and USA officials were "working together very closely, and we will have decisions to take, at the time we choose, when we consider it most useful and most effective".

Speaking on TF1 television, Macron said "we have proof that chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine" in recent days by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

He said if there were strikes they would not target the Syrian government's allies or anybody in particular, but would be aimed at the Syrian government's chemical facilities. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have called reports of the attack bogus.

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

Macron said he was contact with United States President Donald Trump every day and the two would decide on their response to the suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held Douma town "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".

However, he added, France could not give "regimes who think they can do anything" free rein to violate worldwide laws and the global ban on the use of chemical weapons.

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France is poised to join punitive strikes on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

President Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its Syrian ally, but tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!"

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting at 3:30pm in Downing Street to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

It was the first public acknowledgement by Jaish al-Islam of a deal reached for Douma, their last rebel holdout in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus.

The rising tension over the Douma attack demonstrates the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against al-Assad, but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.

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