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On Capitol Hill, Democrats grilled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the legality and constitutionality of Trump ordering an attack on Syria without explicit authorization from Congress. Mattis insisted it would be justified as an act of self-defense; he insisted he could not talk about military plans because an attack "is not yet in the offing".

"It is unlikely that we will have to sink the Donald Cook".

Trump, who evoked the devastating poison gas attacks of World War I, said the US was prepared to "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

"It's.highly likely an attempt to create complications for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission which was just starting its work in Syria's Douma, or an attempt to completely derail it", Interfax quoted Kosachev as saying.

"Certainly for domestic consumption they've got to look like they're not rolling over for Israel, for the United States or for France or whoever else".

Addressing the Security Council, Nikki Haley, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations, said Russian Federation used veto to "kill" the Joint Investigative Mechanism, the tool to figure out who used chemical weapons.

In the face of intense world outrage, the United Nations Security Council failed to agree a global response to the incident on Tuesday, after Washington and Moscow opposed each other's rival motions to set up an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use in the seven-year-old conflict.

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The BBC reported that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action.

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", she said. Putin also reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

"We did have some surface-to-air missile activity from the Syrian regime", General and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said at a Pentagon briefing.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, left, and Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenty speak to reporters in after Security Council consultations of the situation in Syria, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at UN.

Moscow and Washington blocked attempts by each other at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set up worldwide investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.

Asked if he meant war between the United States and Russian Federation, he said: "We can not exclude any possibilities unfortunately".

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Putin spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria.

The statement also condemned the air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

But the Syria conflict is a complex web of overlapping wars which have drawn in several world powers, and the risk of miscalculation is as high as Trump's Twitter rhetoric is provocative.

Reacting to the threats, Russia, an important ally of Syria, accused Washington of disrupting global peace.

Pompeo described that as evidence "the Russians met their match".

By releasing Sarin gas onto the Syrian people, it gives countries cause to attack Syria.

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