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President Donald Trump is prodding his military advisers to agree to a more sweeping retaliatory strike in Syria than they consider prudent, and is unhappy with the more limited options they have presented to him so far, White House and other administration officials said, according to Wall Street Journal. In meetings with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Mr. Trump has been pushing for an attack that not only would punish the Syrian regime but also exact a price from two of its international patrons, Russia and Iran, a White House official said. This comes amid rising tensions as the Western powers are seeking a major strike in Syria in response to Assad atrocities. The US, the UK and France are leading the push to hit Assad and his allies hard in the war-torn Syria.
The US, UK and France have bombed three government sites in Syria in an early morning operation targeting chemical weapons facilities, they say. The move is a response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma last week which killed dozens. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he condemned the Western strikes "in the most serious way".
The Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov has responded sternly to the US-led strike on Syria, promising that such actions ‘will not be left without consequences.’
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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Actions taken against the use of chemical weapons in Syria
In the North Atlantic Council today the United States, France and United Kingdom briefed Allies on their joint military action on 14 April. They briefed that a significant body of information indicated that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack against civilians in Douma on 7 April, and that their military action was limited to the Syrian regime’s facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons. The three Allies emphasized that there was no practicable alternative to the use of force.
A statement has been released on the official website of the Greek Orthdoox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in regard to the attack carried out against Syria early this morning by the U.S., the U.K., and France. The statement, condemning the attack on behalf of the Greek Orthodox, Syrian, and Melkite patriarchs of Antioch, comes on the heels of His Beatiitude Patriarch John X's personal statement condemning President Donald Trump's threats of military action.