No "final decision" yet on Syria response, White House says

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No "final decision" yet on Syria response, White House says

Responding to Russia's warning against leaping to conclusions and resorting to the use of military force against Damascus, the U.S. president tweeted on April 11 that Moscow should "get ready" for USA "smart missiles" in Syria.

President Trump on Thursday appeared to frame a US military strike on Syria as a matter of when, not if, undercutting his spokeswoman's effort one day earlier to temper a declaration that missiles "will be coming". In another tweet on Thursday, Trump wrote that an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Trump himself saw this coming five years ago as our Nobel Peace Prize winning president was busy fumbling American intervention in Syria.

On Wednesday Alexander Zasypkin, Moscow's ambassador to Lebanon, repeated a warning by the head of the military that missiles would be shot down and their launch sites targeted if they threatened the lives of Russian personnel.

The US military has been using so many precision-guided munitions in the fight against Isis in recent years that the Pentagon had to work with defence contractors to step up the weapons' production and introduce new types of missiles to the fight. Washington argued it was attacking Islamic State in Syria to eliminate a threat to Iraq, the United States and its allies.

But any further military role would require parliamentary approval.

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.

Trump slammed Russian Federation on April 11 for its military alliance with Assad, saying it should not "be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it".

The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Wednesday that the U.S. would give the Russian military a list of targets it intends to hit.

Alternatively, a Syria strike could also be justified as action to stop the use or spread of weapons of mass destruction taken because the U.N. Security Council has been unable to act.

A special hotline for the US and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in Syria is active and being used by both sides, Moscow said on April 12.

"We believe that would have an extremely destructive impact on the whole Syria settlement process".

Trump has laid blame for a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians earlier this week squarely at the feet of Assad and his ally Putin and said he would decide on a response soon.

It has described the reports of the chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention against its ally.

Moscow said this a "significant event in the history of Syria", meaning that the whole of Eastern Ghouta had come under government forces' control.

A similar assessment was delivered earlier today by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, which said that pro-Syrian government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases. They notified Russian Federation ahead of time before the strike on the Syrian airbase in April 2017.

The failure of the United Nations security council to serve as a vehicle for compromise has been due in part to Moscow's policy of blanket denial when it comes to the Assad regime's involvement in war crimes, most importantly the use of chemical weapons.

Additionally, Bohl said Syria's suspected chemical weapons facilities were far enough away from Russian bases that they could be hit without upsetting Russian forces.