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Pentagon 'ready' to provide military options for Syria: Mattis

AFP  |  Washington 

said today the is ready to provide options for a strike in response to a suspected chemical attack, but noted the US and its allies are still gathering information.

"We are still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies, we are still working on this," Mattis told reporters when asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame Bashar al-Assad's regime for the in Douma.

"We stand ready to provide options, if they're appropriate, as the determined."

vowed on that missiles would be launched at following Saturday's alleged chemical attack, all but guaranteeing a strike against the regime of President

The has accused the civil defense organization in of staging a in Douma that has led to calls for further Western intervention.

Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people.

The United States, Britain and have argued the attack bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which the (OPCW) has been blamed for previous attacks.

Last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the later pinned on Assad.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 23:55 IST