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Trump seeks to build alliance to strike Syria

A post on Twitter by President Donald Trump on Wednesday daring Russian Federation to try to shoot down a prospective US missile strike on Syria rattled people on social media, prompting a wave of nervous - and sometimes humorous - chatter about World War III.

The tweet came after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview on Tuesday with Hezbollah-owned al-Manar TV that "if there is a United States missile attack, we - in line with both Putin and Russia's chief of staff's remarks - will shoot down U.S. rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles".

May declined to say if she was concerned by Trump's tweet, reiterating that Britain was working with allies to work out exactly what had happened.

Trump later tweeted that Russian-US relations are "worse now" than ever before. "We need all nations to work together", President Trump Twitted.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, responded to Trump's tweet Wednesday, saying any missiles launched in retaliation should target terrorists, not the Syrian government.

Trump also commented on the deteriorating relationship between the USA and Russian Federation.

Another Russian official, Vladimir Shamanov, said only that a nuclear strike as retaliation by Russia was "unlikely", while the country's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, warned USA ambassador Nikki Haley, that US military action could place all three countries and the entire Middle East "on the threshold of some very sad and serious events".

"We will try to take advantage of this strike on the battlefield first of all, since these strikes will lead to the dispersion of the regime's forces, the chaos in its ranks and the rout of the regime".

(AAP) The suspected chemical attack in Syria killed at least 40 people.

Russian Federation must be held accountable for Syrian President Bashar Assad's attacks on his own country's people, Sen.

"We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria", said the statement, carried by state media. "Stop the arms race?" he wrote. But during a meeting with national security officials at the White House earlier this week, Trump told reporters he would not publicly telegraph his moves - something he criticized former President Barack Obama for doing.