Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Tells Russia: 'Get Ready' For US Missiles Striking Syria

Trump Tells Russia: 'Get Ready' For US Missiles Striking Syria

The President has been pushing his counterparts to respond with more force than a year ago, according to CNN, which reported that no decision had been made when Trump fired off his Wednesday tweet.

As geopolitical tensions continue to rise, the PM said the attack, allegedly perpetrated by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, "cannot go unchallenged".

Trump's message came roughly 24 hours after he warned on Twitter that USA airstrikes "will be coming", despite a pledge from Russian Federation to shoot down American missiles aimed at its ally Syria.

"Victory in Ghouta is a critical point", Bouthaina Shaaban, a top Assad adviser, said on the Lebanese channel Al-Mayadeen. May said she had little doubt - despite Syrian and Russian protests to the contrary - that Assad's government was to blame for what happened in Douma. The president previously struck Assad for using Sarin gas against civilians in April 2017 and is publicly incensed at the regime's repeated action.

The escalating rhetoric from the United States over Syria shows no signs of easing, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders reiterating this week that militarily, "all options were on the table".

The suspected attack in Syria, which took place in the city of Douma on Saturday, left at least 40 people dead and around 500 others injured, according to the Syrian American Medical Society.

Russian Federation has since aggressively threatened the United States if it were to fire any missiles at Syria in response to the chemical gas attacks.

A United Kingdom -based Syrian monitor says that troops have been emptying airports and bases, while opposition fighters have told Sky News Arabia that government-allied forces have been retreating from some positions and moving equipment.

He did not say whether France was planning military action.

"We call upon. members of the worldwide community to seriously consider the possible consequences of such accusations, threats and especially action (against Syria)", she added.

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"The continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged". Macron said he has been talking regularly this week with US President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

Separately on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not join any military strikes against Syria, but supports efforts to show the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War", Trump said.

In Washington, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress he believed there was a chemical attack in Syria, but added a short while later that the United States had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.

Trump said on Wednesday that the US will strike Syria using missiles that are "nice and new and 'smart!'" - ramping up expectations that an attack was imminent.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that Russian Federation shouldn't be allied with a "Gas Killing Animal", in reference to Assad whose regime is accused of carrying out the attack on Douma, which activists and rescuers say killed at least 40 people.

Mr Corbyn told the BBC that Parliament "should always be given a say on any military action".

But Trump notably did not rule out plans to attack Syria in retaliation for the weekend's suspected chemical attack on civilians at the hands of the Assad regime.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof the Syrian government carried out the attack, which aid groups have said killed dozens of people, and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered.

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