United States President Donald Trump has yet to make a decision concerning participation in the Syrian Civil War. Today, he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Both France and Britain have already committed troops to the ongoing struggle to depose Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
According to Kurdistan24, Macron has obtained definitive proof of chemical weapons being used in Syria.
Activist organization The White Helmets released photos - including those at right - following the 7 May chemical attack in Syria showing chlorine gas cylinders used in the apparent attack as well as the immediate civilian casualty toll.
Analysts with the Russian government and the independent monitoring group Southfront.org call the attack into question. Russia, a long-time ally of the brutal Assad regime, claimed to have found "no evidence" of chemical weapons use in Syria.
Britain, France, Israel, and the United States have all disagreed sufficiently to warrant military action. Meeting in London today, the British government has agreed on the immediate "need for further action". On 10 April, British troops were spotted deploying from their military bases in Cyprus. Last night, Arab Coalition fighter jets landed at friendly British airbases on the island.
This follows Russia's continuing "naval exercises" along the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean.
French forces have been patrolling YPG/YPJ held areas in Kurdistan for about a week now.
Writing from a NATO conference in Brussels today, correspondent Oana Lungescu writes: "NATO considers the use of chemical weapons as a threat to international peace and security. Those responsible must be held accountable. We must protect the ban on the use of chemical weapons."
China, Iran, and Russia have warned against any further participation in the Syrian Civil War by the Western World.
In Damascus, Iran's Ali Akbar Velayati hints at an operation to expel US troops from Syria: "East of the Euphrates is also a very important area. We hope big steps will be taken in order to capture this area and expel the occupying Americans."
With coalition forces largely distracted by the recent invasion of Turkey into Syria and Kurdistan, the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been waging guerrilla warfare as far east as Baghdad, Iraq while they continue their westward push towards Palmyra, Syria from their Syrian strongholds.
Yesterday, the Free Syrian Army launched several missiles at the Syrian Arab Army positions with reported casualties in central-south-east Syria.
Russian air forces resumed airstriking targets in the North Hama region today. A C-130 plane was also spotted over the region and has been identified as either possibly Iranian or more likely United States Special Forces. The plane likely landed in Hmiemiem.
Chemical weapons have been banned by the Geneva Convention since 1925.
Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events and works with organizations such as syriancivilwarmap.com and southfront.org