Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Syria repositions military assets as Trump 'telegraphs' plans for possible missile strikes

Syria repositions military assets as Trump 'telegraphs' plans for possible missile strikes

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on her Facebook page that, "One must be really exceptional to strike Syria's capital when the country finally got a chance for a peaceful future".

May and her Cabinet, meanwhile, met in London on Thursday and "agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", said a statement from Downing Street.

Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

Still, despite Trump's tweets early yesterday that promised "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles were headed for Syria, Sanders said no "final decisions have not been made on that front".

"Big price to pay", Trump warned in a tweet on Sunday, suggesting retaliatory strikes by the USA military may be coming.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes would have "a destructive effect on the entire system of global relations" and called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which was scheduled to convene at 11 a.m. EDT. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

"Even though the deal improved the situation considerably, we suspected the Syrians had failed to declare elements of their stockpile", he said.

The US said it suspected sarin gas also was used.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump wrote. Syrian activists, rescuers and medics said the attack in Douma killed at least 40 people, with families found suffocated in their houses and shelters.

Trump ordered airstrikes at a small air base previous year in response to a chemical attack, but the strike did little little to dent Syrian government air operations.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

US, Britain hold Russian Federation responsible for global cyber attack
Mrs May is expected to face anger in the Commons after launching military action without securing the support of Parliament. When asked if further action would be taken, he said: "The most important thing at this point is to attribute it".

US President Donald Trump welcomes the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Khalifa Al-Thani (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, April 10, 2018.

But his military advisers have warned that a scaled-up response risks drawing the United States into further conflict with Russian Federation and Iran, which support Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

"The issue is not so much risks, as much as it is the calibration that the United States is seeking", said Mr Bokhari.

Some lawmakers criticized Trump's apparent telegraphing by tweet of a missile strike in Syria.

The BBC reported later that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action. "And so, working with our allies and our partners from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue".

The White House said Wednesday that Trump "holds Syria and Russian Federation responsible for this chemical weapons attack".

Gen. Dunford said one target in the strike was a scientific research center located in the greater Damascus area - a center for research, development and testing of "chemical and biological warfare technology".

The main U.S. role in Syria has been to lead the coalition attacking Islamic State militants, who moved into the vacuum of a near-lawless country but now have been driven from their territory.

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

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday.

Like this: