USA says has proof of Syria chemical attack

Marcus Newton
April 16, 2018

The possibility of an attack grew larger on Wednesday, after Trump warned Russian Federation, one of Syria's key supporters in the fight against foreign-backed militancy, to "get ready" to shoot down American missiles over Syria soon. "Could not have had a better result".

"A list banning USA nationals' entry into Russian Federation will be introduced".

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.

He told reporters after a closed emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria", adding: "We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state". The U.N. Security Council planned to meet later Saturday at Moscow's request.

The Kremlin, as well as Iran, has previously warned the US that military action on Syrian land will lead to more instability in the country, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman said, adding, "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not [a] legal government".

A day earlier, European airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the next few days when flying close to Syria because of the possibility of air or missile strikes into the country. Syria has denied the accusation. The Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security. On several occasions, the terrorists killed people protesting against being held hostage in the Damascus suburbs.

"We're not allowed to see our citizens, talk to doctors, we have no idea about the treatment Russian nationals receive", he said.

Responding to a Russian official who said they would shoot down any U.S. missiles aimed at Syria, Trump issued a warning on Twitter Wednesday: "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were now planned.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's scepticism about the allies' Douma claim, saying Russian military experts had found no trace of the attack.

It was not clear whether Trump and United States allies would wait for the results of the investigation before deciding on a strike.

She said of the alleged chemical attack that "Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups". The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an global response.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack "necessary and appropriate".

Trump has struggled to align his desire to work with Russian Federation, and Putin more specifically, with increasing areas of conflict and confrontations with America's Cold War rival and an investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 elections with the goal to help him defeat Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise". The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.

The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

The planes fired Storm Shadow missiles at a facility where the United Kingdom said the Assad "regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled". But the description from an ally put things differently.

Sanders adds that USA officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he stressed.

Dunford said missiles first struck a scientific research center in the Damascus area that he said was a center of Syrian research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta. "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he said.

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of USA military action in Syria and the fallout from Washington's new sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation.

Moscow and Washington have so far vetoed each other's motions to set up an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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