Trump set to order attack on Syria, tells Russian Federation to "get ready"

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2018

"The conflict in Syria is predetermined, to my mind".

Trump seemed to be backtracking from his Wednesday tweet, which warned Russian Federation to brace for missiles which "will be coming". Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing that "smart" missiles "will be coming".

"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" the president added, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism for several years on its territory", Zakharova wrote in response to Trump's Wednesday tweet.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted.

The damage was intentionally limited and proportional, but it sent a message that the United States won't look the other way when a madman gasses his own people.

With a mix of fear and defiance, Syrians braced on Wednesday for a possible U.S. attack in retaliation to an alleged chemical assault that killed dozens over the weekend.

If we are serious about restoring an global norm against the use of chemical weapons, then the penalty for violating the norm must be severe. At a photo-taking session during a Pentagon meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian government. "We will not leave our houses and our army is ready to retaliate".

"This is posturing. This action has no sense at all, save the one: to show that Trump is a strong president, that he remains the leader of a free world".

Which ships, aircraft, missiles and troops will be used against Syria? -Russian conflict. Vassily Nebenzia said Russia is very concerned with "the risky escalation" of the situation and "aggressive policies" and preparations that some governments are making, a clear reference to the Trump administration and its allies.

"These voices, and any possible actions, will only contribute to further destabilisation in the region", he said in comments posted on the Syrian presidency's social media accounts. In Damascus, the foreign ministry accused the USA, which has supported some rebel groups in the Syrian civil war, of using fabrications and lies as an excuse to hit its territory.

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there, Jaish al-Islam, finally agreed to withdraw.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied that the attack occurred.

The drumbeat of military action appeared to grow louder, as Russian Federation stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the United Nations and France declared "proof" that Moscow's Syrian ally carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 Syrians.

The BBC reported that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action.

"No final decision has been made", she said.

The prime minister does not need parliamentary backing to launch military action in Syria, but she could find her minority government losing critical backbench support if she goes ahead without a thorough debate in parliament on the issue.

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus denounced President Donald Trump's threat to attack the country as "reckless" and a danger to worldwide peace and security.

The WHO cautioned that it has no formal role in forensic inquiries into the use of chemical weapons.

When will they be used?

Moscow and Washington blocked attempts by each other at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set up worldwide investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called emergency meeting of her cabinet amid reports she is ready to give the green light for the United Kingdom to join any military action. The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, after the shelling of a Damascus suburb over the weekend.

The country's president has Vladimir Putin has called for a calming of tensions.

"We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Nebenzia said, adding that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria".

Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.

The letter said Syria was ready to "provide all necessary assistance to the mission". While UK Prime Minister Mrs May isn't required to seek parliamentary approval, it's accepted that lawmakers will have a say before committing military forces.

The Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in suburban Douma couldn't immediately be corroborated because the area is cut off, but these attacks using outlawed weapons of war are one of Assad's signatures. That part of the overall conflict has gone well enough that Trump has mused he'd like to bring home the 2,000 United States military personnel working alongside Syrian Kurdish allies.

The strike could also target what is left of Al Assad's air force and air defences, though the delay between Saturday's attack and an eventual retaliatory strike means he likely will have moved his warplanes to safety.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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