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US saw chemical weapons activity at Syrian base struck in April

British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said London would support US action to prevent a chemical weapons attack but that it had not seen the intelligence on which Washington based Monday’s statement.The United States saw what appeared to be active Syrian preparations for a possible chemical weapons attack at Shayrat airfield, the same Syrian airfield the United States struck in April, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Tuesday.The Russian Defence Ministry said they discussed observing a cease-fire as part of a deal on safe zones in Syria, as well as co-ordination between Russian air force and Syrian government troops in fighting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch.The Kremlin also dismissed the White House statement, which had warned that Assad and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it goes ahead with the attack.After the April attack, Trump accused Assad’s government of going “beyond a red line” and approved what USA officials called a “one-off” strike to deter future chemical attacks. It remains to be seen whether the United States will follow through with the threat made at the end of this statement, but it does make clear that the previous strike was not merely a one-off. Russian Federation is a close ally of Assad.Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Tuesday when asked about the White House statement that “candidate Trump said he would be unpredictable in foreign affairs, and President Trump has certainly delivered on that”.The use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria has sparked a diplomatic incident, as Trump’s airstrikes has him squaring up to the Putin-supported Assad regime.Iran is Assad’s key regional backer in his fight against his opponents since the Syrian crisis began in 2011.Her comments come about 12 hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the US had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children”.Trump’s office said on Monday, June 26, that they found proofs showing that Assad may launch an attack using biochemical weapons and this will definitely result in horrific mass killings of the citizens.The U.S. attack on a Syrian air base came after years of heated debate and deliberation in Washington over intervention in the bloody civil war.Shortly after the White House statement on Monday night, Haley warned in a tweet that Russian Federation and Iran, Assad’s key backers, also would be blamed for “any further attacks done to the people of Syria”.Syria reiterated its insistence that it had never used chemical weapons, and blamed opposition fighters for stockpiling the chemicals.The United States has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defence, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran.The New York Times and BuzzFeed reported that the statement took several military officials by surprise.