US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed during a telephone call Tuesday on the need for a "joint response" in the event of another chemical attack in Syria, the French presidency said. He warned that if "Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price".
A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that USA intelligence had noticed suspect activity at the launch site of an apparent chemical strike by the regime two months ago.
Russian Federation began its own air war there in September 2015, pledging to go after ISIS but shoring up the regime against rebels in its civil war instead. That is the same base from which the Syrian air force launched the attack in April. The U.S. and others blame the Syrian government, the only warring party at the time known to have sarin gas.
The U.S. strike in April was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president.
Spicer said the activities resembled preparations the Assad government took before an April 2017 attack by Syrian forces that killed dozens of men, women and children.
Jamil Saleh, the commander of the rebel Jaysh al-Ezzah faction, on Tuesday called for renewed airstrikes on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, where the United States alleges the government is preparing another chemical attack.
"This involved specific aircraft in a specific hangar, both of which we know to be associated with chemical weapons use", he told Reuters. Days later, Trump ordered a cruise missile attack against the base in retaliation.
Adrian Rankine-Galloway, said. He said Assad's "brutality" threatens the region and US interests, and any Syrian attacks with weapons of mass destruction risk prompting others to use similar weapons.
The Kremlin described the warning as an unacceptable threat and said Russian Federation had no information about a new chemical attack.
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February 28, 2017: Russian Federation, a staunch ally of the Syrian government, and China veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against the Syrian government for chemical weapons use.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 15 IS jailers and fighters were also killed in the airstrike that happened on Monday in the Deir El-Zour province.
The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly moved Tuesday to sack its president, Pedro Agramunt, because of a visit to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March.
Washington has repeatedly struck Iranian-backed militia and even shot down a drone threatening US -led coalition force ssince the April military strike.
Days later, U.S. president Donald Trump launched a cruise missile strike on a Syrian government-controlled air base where American officials said the chemical attack was launched.
His visit came weeks after a United Nations commission of inquiry into the conflict concluded that al-Assad's regime had committed multiple war crimes during last year's battle for Aleppo.
The White House statement on Monday night was made without forewarning and caught State Department officials by surprise.