Апреля 21, 2018

Donald Trump yet to make 'final decision' on Syria missile strike

17 Апреля 2018, 08:04 | Taylor George

On Twitter, Donald Trump Warns Russia to 'Get Ready' for Missile Launch into Syria

Trump Warns Russia: Syria Strikes 'Coming'

United States President, Donald Trump has said Russian Federation should "get ready" for missiles to be fired at its ally, Syria.

About 500 people may have been affected by a suspected chemical attack last week on Syria's rebel-held town of Douma, according to the World Health Organization. Macron has been increasingly bullish in his approach to Syria, including with recent efforts to help resolve the conflict in northwestern Syria between Turkey and a faction of Syrian Kurdish forces (the YPG).

But Ghias Moussa, who heads the New Jersey and NY chapters of the Syrian American Forum, a group opposed to US intervention, said the United States should stop trying to push for regime change.

Photo President Trump met with advisers and top military leaders on Monday to discuss the potential for military action in Syria.

He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

In that strike, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from the USS Ross and USS Porter in the Mediterranean.

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" for a USA -led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

The President of the United States Donald trump blamed for the chemical attack in the city of Duma in Syria and Russian Federation.

Syria's seven-year civil war has killed more than half a million people and displaced many millions more.

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

The Mezzeh military airport southwest of the capital was said to be a target, as well. In fact, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs. It was the base where helicopters were said to take off in the alleged chemical attack.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks.

The White House said he was planning to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday evening.

Russian Federation has meanwhile taken to stronger and stronger warnings.

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Trump was critical of Obama for signaling his intention to strike the Syrian regime after its 2013 use of chemical weapons. There was also no indication that Syrian government forces had entered Douma on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

In 2017, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the United Nations later pinned on Assad.

Mattis estimated the latest air campaign was about twice the size of the 2017 strike.

The US goal was to minimise risk to Russian or Syrian personnel.

President Bashar al-Assad's government denies mounting a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus. But we've been such a peripheral player in Syria that we need to demonstrate our ability to inflict real pain on the regime before we'll obtain anything approaching the amount of leverage necessary for a successful negotiation, even assuming one is possible.

The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, condemned the airstrikes and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

But a special hotline for the US and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in Syria is active and being used by both sides, Moscow said Thursday.

"There is still a residual element of the Syrian program that is out there", Lt Gen McKenzie said, adding, "I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future".

Assad has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and UN-backed war crimes investigators.

The seven-year war in Syria, with estimates of death tolls in the 400,000 range, is as intractable as it is barbaric.

The United States launched strikes against multiple sites in Syria on Friday night.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", Trump said from the White House.

"The US has to be very careful not to accidentally strike Russian targets or kill Russian advisors", Ben Connable, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, told AFP.

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