Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

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

"So striking at Syria is not a good solution, but doing nothing after the use of chemical weapons is even worse", he said. He said he has been talking regularly this week with U.S. President Donald Trump about the most effective response. And he insisted it remains US policy not to be involved directly in Syria's civil war.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged caution on attacking Syria.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that such an attack could spin out of control, suggesting caution in advance of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that USA officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

May told her senior ministers on Thursday that the attack in Douma showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of global legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons.

The U.S. officials told the American news outlet that the Assad regime is known to have used a mixture of chlorine and the nerve agent sarin in previous attacks.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss support for U.S. action against the Syrian regime.

Officials also said that the US has compiled intelligence from the USA and other countries, including images, that indicate the Syrian government was behind the weekend attack.

Trump is analyzing situation over Syria
Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

Opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before committing British troops.

It has been observed in subsequent military deployments in Libya and Iraq and many British lawmakers and voters are deeply sceptical of deepening involvement in the Syrian civil war.

A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approved military action.

Parliament voted down British military action against Assad's government in 2013, in an embarrassment for May's predecessor, David Cameron. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said after speaking with Macron on Thursday that Germany won't participate in possible military action in Syria, but supports sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.

The country often has restricted itself to supporting roles, such as the participation of reconnaissance jets in the global campaign against the Islamic State group.

"But on a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control - if you get my drift on that", Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee Thursday morning.

  • Joey Payne