US allies decide whether to join Trump in Syria strike

President Trump has announced that there is an upcoming attack on Syria, forcing U.S. allies in Europe to decide whether they too will strike the Bashar Assad regime.

Trump backed off suggestions Wednesday that a missile launch was imminent, though the delay may put him in closer coordination with countries such as the U.K.

British media reported that Prime Minister Theresa May had called her cabinet back from vacation to discuss a response to alleged chemical attacks by Assad in Douma, which Syria and its ally Russia deny.

Both the BBC and Financial Times reported that she is likely to decide on military action without a vote from Parliament, which approves use of force and has previously stopped strikes such as when then leader David Cameron asked for them in 2013.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, says that a vote is necessary and bombing could lead to a hot war between the U.S. and Russia, which has promised to answer any strikes.

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: An affected Syrian child receives medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: An affected Syrian man receives medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: An affected Syrian kid waits to receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: Affected Syrian kids wait to receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: An affected Syrian man lies on a stretcher as he waits to get medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: Affected Syrian kids wait to receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Fadi Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - APRIL 08: A man holds a photo of a victim baby as he and other demonstrators gather to protest against Assad regime forces' allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta, in Saraqib town of Idlib, Syria on April 08, 2018. (Photo by Mahmut Bekkur/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE (WHITE HELMETS) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Affected Syrian kids receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Douma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. At least 78 civilians dead, including women and children, according to the initial findings. (Photo by WHITE HELMETS / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 08: An affected Syrian kid receives medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 08, 2018. At least 78 civilians dead, including women and children, according to the initial findings. (Photo by Mouneb Taim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 08: An affected Syrian kid receives medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 08, 2018. At least 78 civilians dead, including women and children, according to the initial findings. (Photo by Mouneb Taim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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It is not clear what authority Trump is planning to use for the strikes as the current authorizations stem from the Iraq War and the Bush administration “War on Terror,” though he previously ordered a similar move last year.

Germany is part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in the region, but will not participate in any strikes on the Assad regime, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video statement on Thursday.

She said that she would support any effort to show that the use of chemical weapons is "unacceptable."

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose forces are also in the U.S.-led coalition, told broadcaster TF1 that his government had proof that Assad was behind the attacks, which the World Health Organization says killed more than 40 people and affected 500 with poisoning symptoms.

He did not explain what the evidence was, and said that he was still deciding whether France would participate in any attack, which would not require parliamentary approval.

Trump's Twitter threat, where he said that “nice and new and ‘smart’” missiles were coming for Syria, added another twist to U.S. conversations with allies in Britain and France.

The President has been pushing his counterparts to respond with more force than last year, according to CNN, which reported that no decision had been made when Trump fired off his Wednesday tweet.

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