Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump says Syria attack 'very soon or not so soon at all!'

Trump says Syria attack 'very soon or not so soon at all!'

A strike that hits Russian assets in Syria - even if unintentionally - could result in a risky game of one-upmanship, potentially dragging the USA further into a conflict the president wants to leave.

The White House National Security team will meet later that day, a source told CNN.

The speaker of Russia's parliament said that the "whole world is horrified by" the president's tweet. It's unsettling that Trump made this kind of statement at all - and it's even more jarring that he tweeted it.

She says there have been no decisions yet on whether to strike Syria despite the president's tweet Wednesday morning threatening to fire "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles.

Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, told AFP that one potential target would be Dumayr military airport northeast of Damascus, from where regime aircraft used in Saturday's attack may have launched.

Trump has consulted with U.S. allies, particularly France and the United Kingdom, about a coordinated response to the suspected chemical attack, but officials say they have not reached a firm agreement on scale or timing.

At the U.N. Security Council, Moscow and Washington have so far vetoed each other's motions to set up an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use.

Asked about the risks of US military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

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"The situation in the world is becoming more and more chaotic but all the same we hope that common sense will finally prevail and global relations will take a constructive path", he said.

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

Trump backed off suggestions Wednesday that a missile launch was imminent, though the delay may put him in closer coordination with countries such as the United Kingdom.

Germany's Angela Merkel said it was "obvious" that Syria hadn't eradicated its chemical arsenal as it had earlier claimed.

On Tuesday, Russia vetoed a USA -drafted United Nations resolution that would have condemned the gas attack near Damascus and would have established a new body to determine responsibility.

However, Zasypkin said that a clash "should be ruled out" and that Russian Federation was "ready to hold negotiations".

"Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women and children", Haley said, pointing out that it was only one year ago that she had held up pictures of dead Syrian children following a chemical attack that killed almost 100 people.

The reaction from Assad backer Moscow is unpredictable and Russian Federation has threatened retaliatory action against the United States if missiles are fired at Syria. "He said, 'Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' Why is the president telegraphing military intentions on Twitter - announcing, effectively, an attack on Twitter?"

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Mattis, however, indicated on Wednesday that evidence of what happened was still being studied.

"It is worth noting, however, that even if military action is taken before MPs return from their Easter recess, May will nearly certainly have to explain her response to parliament and seek its approval for any longer-term engagement", he adds.

"We seem to say things and then move on", Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said Wednesday on Fox News Radio's The Brian Kilmeade Show. "Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all the chemical weapons, and so working with our allies and partners, from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue".

Vladimir Shamanov, a retired general who heads the defense affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks that a USA strike in Syria could hurt Russian servicemen and trigger Russian retaliation.

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

But a dispute subsequently erupted, shots were fired and the flag was taken down, the residents said. We are totally predictable.

However Mrs May faces growing impatience from Washington, where President Donald Trump tweeted the missiles "will be coming".

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