World on BRINK: Russia threatens GRAVEST CONSEQUENCES if US acts in Syria

RUSSIA has warned that any foreign military strike against Syria may lead to the “gravest of consequences” after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people outside Damascus and President Trump warned there would be a “big price to pay”.

Following the chemical attack outside Damascus in , the US has demanded an immediate international response while Moscow has warned against any military strike.

Syrian opposition activists said on Sunday that the attack had killed at least 49 people.

They said that Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs filled with chemicals over the weekend, suffocating and killing dozens of people.

President Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for the chemical attack that killed dozens of people by poison gas and he slammed the Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Twitter, he wrote: “President Putin, Russia and Iran and responsible for backing Animal Assad, Big price to pay.” read more

Trump tweets condemnation of Syria chemical attack, saying Putin shares the blame

The likelihood of a military strike against Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack increased Sunday as President Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” and officials in France vowed the country would “do its duty” in responding.

France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council Monday to discuss the weekend attack, and eight other nations joined in the request, including the United States and Britain. In reference to a warning by President Emmanuel Macron last month that France would strike unilaterally if Syria used chemical weapons again, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday the nation would assume its responsibilities. read more

Forget about Gaza, bomb Assad! Israeli hawks urge US to strike Syria over Douma ‘chem attack’

Israeli officials have called on the US to attack the Syrian Army, following what they called a “shocking attack” in Douma. Israel’s own crackdown on Gaza protesters was “self-defense” and not worthy of attention, they said.

Washington must launch a strike against Damascus in response to the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, the Israeli Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Army Radio on Sunday, commenting on the reports coming from anti-government groups in Syria. Erdan also said he personally hopes that the US would take military action against the Syrian government, which he blamed for the attack, the Jerusalem Post reports. The minister added that the Douma incident shows the “need” for a US troop buildup in Syria.

The Israeli construction minister and former IDF major general, Yoav Galant, went even further and called for a military strike aimed directly against the Syrian president. “[Bashar] Assad is the angel of death, and the world would be better without him,” Galant said. The Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog called on the US to take “decisive military action” against Syria. read more