U.S. military ‘ready’ to give Trump options on striking Syria

Apr 24, 2018
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Trump’s Wednesday tweet came in reaction to a declaration from Russia’s envoy to Beirut, saying, “If there is an American strike, then we … will shoot down the missiles and target the positions from where they were launched”, who added “In the past few days, we have seen an escalation towards a significant crisis”.

President Donald Trump just tweeted a warning that an attack on Syria is imminent – breaking his own policy of not signaling upcoming military moves. The US Defence Department said it “does not comment on potential future military actions”.

“We have been working to get an understanding of what happened on the ground”.

Last April, Trump oversaw the launch of 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles from two Navy guided-missile destroyers in response to a previous chemical attack in northern Syria.

The U.S. did provide Russian Federation with advance warning via military channels shortly prior to the April 2017 missile strike on the Syrian air base believed responsible for a previous chemical weapons attack.

“The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war”, said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia following closed-door Security Council talks.

Trump told the nation in his address the U.S. “cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny”.

The US, UK and France continue to make preparations for military action meant to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which they say is responsible for the latest chemical weapons attack, on the Damascus suburb of Douma on 7 April, which killed more than 45 people.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation. That sealed a major victory for Assad in the war, crushing a protracted rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.

A top leader of Jaish al-Islam, a group which controlled Douma for years, told AFP it was Saturday’s attack that forced them to accept a Russian-brokered deal and evacuate.

“We are stepping up our diplomatic action on the prohibition of chemical weapons”.

That may prove too little, too late.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump’s threats to attack are “reckless” and endanger global peace and security.

Mattis said that although the United States has no hard proof, he believes the Syrian government was responsible for Saturday’s attack.

“We have the proof that chemical weapons – at least chlorine gas – were used by Assad’s regime”, Macron told France’s TF1 television.

The BBC reported later that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action. Recent warnings have tended to be after military action has started, and so Eurocontrol’s pre-emptive notice suggests a heightening of regulatory scrutiny.

For the USA, undermining the Russian role in Syria is the main goal, while for Israel, eliminating the Iranian role is the main goal. At right is new national security adviser John Bolton.

USA officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week.

More White House meetings are expected before any final decision is made.

The government of Syria and Russian Federation denied any type of chemical attack taking place.

On ABC-TV’s “This Week” program Sunday, Bossert said of the suspected chemical attack, “This is one of those issues on which every nation, all peoples, have all agreed and have agreed since World War II this is an unacceptable practice”.

President Donald Trump waits at the main entrance to the West Wing for the arrival of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the White House in Washington Tuesday

 

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