US President Donald Trump has discussed by phone with Iraqi PM Haider Abadi the Syrian regime's chemical attack against civilians in Douma, eastern Ghouta, according to the White House.
According to a readout statement of the phone call released by the White House, both leaders discussed the need for further cooperation to defeat ISIS in the country.
“The leaders also discussed accelerating the campaign to defeat remnants of ISIS and the need to work together to counter other threats in the region,” according to the statement.
“They discussed the situation in Syria and the alarming reports of possible chemical attacks near Damascus.”
Trump also emphasized the importance of Iraq’s unity “in advance” of the upcoming elections.
Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad would have a “big price to pay” for launching a chemical attack on civilians. He also blamed Russia and Iran for backing Assad, calling the Syrian president “animal Assad”.
Well-informed sources said Iraqi militias linked with the Iran-allied IMIS Militias were involved in the Assad's chemical attacks on Douma.
The sources confirmed the militias were sent by the Iraqi government.