Trump’s condemnation of the apparent chemical assault on the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma raised the prospect of US military retaliation nearly a year after he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base after a similar poison gas attack.
As President Donald Trump ramped up his threats of military action against Syria this week, the Syrian military has been repositioning some air assets to avoid the fallout from possible missile strikes, United States officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Russia continues to place responsibility on Syrian opposition forces, with Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stating that if American missiles were so smart, then they should hit “terrorists” and not government targets.
The US-drafted resolution would have allowed investigators to apportion blame for the suspected attack, while Russia’s version would have left that to the Security Council.
On the April 7 strike, it was US Navy ships which fired the missiles.
Hawks in Congress have also urged action, with Sen. Dick Durbin of IL and Bob Menendez of New Jersey. “Where is our ‘Thank you America?'”
Sameer Hamadmad, who now lives in Manchester, said that the Syrian people have nothing more to lose and begged the Prime Minister in response to a “highly likely” chemical weapon attack by Assad’s forces. She and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke separately with Trump on Thursday.
He said that because the U.S. had no personnel at the site of the suspected chemical attack on Saturday, it has no hard evidence of what happened, although he personally believed it was an “inexcusable” use of chemical weapons. Aware of Trump’s eagerness to exit, Assad felt free to use toxic weapons.
Britain called the Russian charge a “blatant lie”. Russian Federation denies it, and the dispute has deepened tension between Russian Federation and the West. Britain accused Moscow of ordering the poisoning; Moscow denies it.
With renewed United States military action seemingly imminent – and as Trump threatened that the U.S. missiles would be “nice and new and ‘smart!'” – both Washington and Moscow raised the rhetorical stakes. It was unclear how this might influence the direction of events.
The tweet drew a quick response from Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
“Due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations” in the region, Eurocontrol said in an online statement at 11:27 p.m. Monday in Brussels, citing the European Aviation Safety Authority. He provided no evidence.
Unfortunately, Trump seems not to have grasped the connection between a troop withdrawal and Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
“Obviously the situation is very serious, obviously there has to be, now, a demand for a political process to end the war in Syria”.
Mattis also said Thursday that options for Syria will be discussed at a National Security Council meeting Thursday.
Syria on Wednesday called USA threats to attack it “reckless” and said they display a lack of “wisdom and logic” and endanger global peace and security.
If such threats from the US and its allies, France and Britain, are meant to stop Damascus from fighting terrorism, “they are delusional”, the statement also said. “Let them go through with it or shut up”, said a participant in an online poll asking if Syrians were afraid of a USA attack.