Pentagon chief says Assad took Trump's chemical warning 'seriously'

It has been reported that Syrian air force carried out an attack in April that the US and others confirmed contained lethal chemicals to kill civilians.

Syria denied carrying out the April 4 attack.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said the White House warning was meant for a wider audience.

"The goal is at this point not just to send Assad a message, but to send Russian Federation and Iran a message", said USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

And there are fears this could turn into a war around the globe after Russian Federation and Iran vowed to back Syria should the USA strike again.

The US assault with 59 Tomahawk missiles marked the first direct US attack on the Syrian regime and Mr Trump's most dramatic military action since he took office in January.

Assad, meanwhile, is touring Syria.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had no information about such a threat from the Syrian regime. You might remember when the USA fired dozens of Tomahawk missiles from two American destroyers in the Mediterranean.

A senior USA official told VOA the White House statement was prompted not only by fears a strike would lead to mass civilian casualties, but that a chemical attack might also be used to target rebel allies of the U.S.in eastern Syria. Hof cited the missile attack in April as evidence that Trump's warning comes with teeth. His Monday statements have perplexed members of several camps, including State Department officials.

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Iran's foreign minister said: "Another risky US escalation in Syria on fake pretext will only serve ISIS", the Islamic State group.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity as he's not authorized to speak to the media. "Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false".

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC on Tuesday morning he would support USA military action in case of a chemical attack by the Assad regime.

A senior Russian lawmaker dismissed the USA warning as "provocation".

Hours later, the Pentagon said it had detected activity by the Syrian authorities in preparation for the attack.

Since the April 3 USA missile barrage, the US has had several confrontations with pro-Assad forces, shooting down a Syrian air force jet and an armed Iranian-made drone.

The Syrian Chemical attack that pitted Trump against Putin: could this be Cold War Two? Kinzinger told "The Big John and Ramblin' Ray Show" that Trump is right to warn Assad not to use chemical weapons.

The U.S. has demonstrated its willingness to carry out strikes against the Syrian regime and its allied forces, including Iran, over the past three months.

The strike, in Al Dablan, about 20 kilometres south-east of Al Mayadin on the west bank of the Euphrates, is the second in 48 hours that the observatory says has killed dozens of people.

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