U.S. would not attack Syria over gas attack allegations: Syrian lawmaker

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a US strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

The Times reports that "the largest U.S. air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq war" is now heading towards Syria, and that US-led strikes are expected to begin "within the next three days". On Thursday, Trump tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

Velayati supported Assad's stance, adding that threats by some Western countries to attack Syria are "based on lies after the liberation of Eastern Ghouta".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US President Donald Trump's pledge to fire "smart" missiles on Syria apparently indicates that a ghost of last year's missile strike on the Arab country is already in the air.

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast. Russian Federation and Syria have been calling for the global investigation of the alleged attack.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud referred to the Palestinian issue as the top agenda of the Arab meeting. He said that Arab national security is a complete and indivisible system.

In Paris, France's Emmanuel Macron upped the pressure on Moscow by stating he had "proof" that the Assad's regime had used chemical weapons, and vowing a response "at a time of our choosing".

The US National Security Council is to meet on Thursday, while UK PM, Theresa May, has called a cabinet meeting.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said. In Syria, this instinct points him away from a military-centric answer to Assad, writes Bonnie Kristian.

National security experts anxious about whether strikes would actually serve to deter Assad. In 2013, Parliament defeated a call by then-Prime Minister David Cameron for airstrikes in response to an earlier chemical attack in Syria.

The same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which also has industrial and agricultural uses.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an worldwide chemical weapons watchdog organization said Thursday that its team is en route to Syria and will begin work Saturday to investigate the attack.

The OPCW, which works to rid the world of chemical arms stockpiles, said its experts were on their way to Syria and will start their work on Saturday.

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