Missiles 'Will Be Coming' to Syria, Trump Warns

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

"We have to engage our brains as well as our emotions here, not be stampeded by those videos which are described as being unverified, but which by dint of being repeated over and over again come to acquire a spurious credibility".

Syria's Foreign Ministry said it was not surprised by the US' "reckless escalation" via Trump's tweets, the state-run news agency SANA reported, while Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism for several years on its territory".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting on Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.

Officials said this did not include giving Russian advance notice of where or when allied airstrikes would happen.

Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defense units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no USA or allies missiles were stopped.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting for Thursday, while French President Emmanuel Macron is to decide on a response in the coming days, having insisted he does "not want an escalation" and that any response would focus on Syria's chemical capabilities, not on allies of the regime. But afterward the White House said that "no final decision has been made".

In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign.

However, there is some evidence it was sprayed from helicopters, they said.

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

The Daily Telegraph in London reported Wednesday that May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.

Far from easing tensions with America's nuclear-armed rival, as most presidents may have done, he sent them into overdrive.

One was said to be the Syrian Republican Guard headquarters on Mount Qasioun.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government. The Syrians claimed to have shot down 13 missiles.

Reports circulated that the Dumayr air base outside Damascus was one of the other targets hit.

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".

The Mezzeh military airport southwest of the capital was said to be a target, as well.

These two ships, possibly aided by a United States submarine, are likely to play a role in a strike.

Mattis said the third target "was in the vicinity of the second target" and "contained both a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post".

In a series of other tweets Wednesday, the president lamented the state of the US relationship with Russian Federation and blasted Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "corrupt". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used. Syria joined the pact in 2013 as part of the agreement to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, negotiated between Russian Federation and the Obama administration. Most nations have foresworn use of chemical weapons, at least on innocent civilians.

Trump has remained in heavy consultation with France and the United Kingdom since the suspected chemical attack, which killed more than 40 people.

Thus, Syria and Russian Federation have every reason to expect a retaliatory attack, and no doubt began preparing their defense straight away. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

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