Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Western leaders to hold further talks on potential Syria action

Syria: 'Chemical attack' and international threats – Here's recap of events since April 7

Several hours after it was posted, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who's supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad, said "the state of things in the world can not but provoke concern".

"We're maintaining that we have a number of options, and all of those options are still on the table".

Merkel said in Berlin: "Germany will not take part in possible military action - I want to make clear again that there are no decisions - but we see, and support this, that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable".

The Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers reported that the cabinet would back May in joining any US-led action, as Royal Navy submarines armed with cruise missiles were moving into range.

The Cook - named after a Marine Colonel who suffered depravation and starvation as a Vietnam prisoner of war - has past experience tangling with the Russian military, having been deployed to the Black Sea during the recent crisis in Crimea.

Tensions increased further yesterday after US President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile strike in the war-torn country.

Macron said Thursday that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

He said there was a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria. "The US will be a partner and a friend".

USA officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

On the ground in Syria, rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest assaults of the seven-year war and a major win for the Assad regime.

A United Kingdom -based Syrian monitor says that troops have been emptying airports and bases, while opposition fighters have told Sky News Arabia that government-allied forces have been retreating from some positions and moving equipment.

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At the United Nations meanwhile, diplomats were mulling a draft resolution put forward by Sweden and obtained by AFP, that would dispatch a "high-level disarmament mission" to rid the country of chemical weapons "once and for all".

What has Trump said about the attack?

The council has already failed to agree on a response to the attack in three votes and has been deadlocked throughout the Syrian civil war.

May and Trump had also "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss joining mooted strikes by the USA and allies, with ministers agreeing "on the need to take action", her Downing Street office said in a statement.

Why is the West considering military action?

A day earlier, European airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the next few days when flying close to Syria because of the possibility of air or missile strikes into the country.

National security experts anxious about whether strikes would actually serve to deter Assad.

May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any USA -led strikes in response to the suspected attack near Damascus.

Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of global law and could not be allowed to go unpunished. British officials said up to 75 people were killed.

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