Trump Threatens Missile Strike to Answer Attack in Syria

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 21, 2018

Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'

In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government".

Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people. In the year since Trump's Tomahawk attack, Assad appears to have used poison gas, showing that a USA response has its limits.

"We have a lot of options, militarily", he said.

Senior Russian figures have threatened to meet any United States strikes with a response. Klimov pointed to heavy USA losses from Soviet missiles and jets in Vietnam, adding that Russian Federation stands ready to counter any possible US strike.

Trump is slated to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday evening.

"The big question is what coherent and decisive strategy lies beyond military action". She would not seek approval from parliament, the BBC said, despite calls from the opposition Labour Party for parliament to be given a say. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels the attack was about ensuring chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

Eurocontrol, a key pan-European global aviation organization, said airlines should be prepared for any possible disruption of radio navigation equipment in the event of possible air strikes against Syria, Reuters reported.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned against a missile strike, writing on Facebook Wednesday that it could destroy evidence on the ground and interrupt the work of worldwide investigators.

When then-U.S. president Barack Obama almost attacked Syrian forces in September 2013 following a similar chemical assault, Al Assad and his forces were reeling.

"The use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged", she told reporters in Birmingham, central England.

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Whitehall sources told The Daily Telegraph that Britain was "doing everything necessary" to be able to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles from nuclear-powered submarines against military targets in Syria.

Trump's taunt was the first explicit US statement that a military response is in the offing, and it marked a turnabout for a president who ridiculed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for allegedly telegraphing military strategy. The US' tactical response to the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack previous year did not change the calculus of the warring parties nor make Syrian civilians safer. It said there were a number of fatalities and injuries in the strike. "We're still working on this".

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of the alleged chemical attack.

The WHO said it had reports that as many as 70 people may have died. He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

The Syrian government and Russian Federation vehemently deny involvement and accuse rebel groups of fabricating the attack to hinder the army's advances and provoke worldwide military intervention.

For days, Trump has been sharpening his rhetoric against Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, calling Assad an "animal" on Sunday.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the OPCW should be granted unfettered access to investigate.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security.

An global chemical weapons watchdog is preparing to send a team to Syria to investigate whether prohibited materials were used in an attack on a rebel enclave last weekend.

That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta.

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