Trump dodges timeline for strike on Syria

  • Trump dodges timeline for strike on Syria

Trump dodges timeline for strike on Syria

Just a week ago, he talked about withdrawing USA troops from the country, but that's neither here nor there.

"Could not have had a better result". 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. The war has already witnessed the Turkish downing of a Russian jet that violated its airspace in November 2015, while Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Afrin has raised the prospect of fighting between USA - and Turkish-backed forces. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. In another tweet Wednesday morning, Trump claimed that America's relationship with Russian Federation is "worse than it has ever been".

A top Russian military official said Russian military police would enter Douma on Friday.

That doesn't mean Americans shouldn't worry about how Trump might try to use strikes in Syria to divert attention away from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, help himself electorally or encourage calamitous wars with Iran or even North Korea. Are these purely punitive strikes, taken to make the global community feel better about retaliating for the brutal death of children (leaving aside those killed over the last seven years by bombs and guns, as well as other unanswered chemical weapons attacks)? Russian Federation and Iran, Syria's allies, have also denied that Mr. Assad used chemical weapons.

Trump also said in a series of tweets that the U.S. -Russia relationship had hit its lowest point and urged for an end to the arms race. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used. There was no immediate confirmation from the Damascus regime.

Syrian state TV reported on Monday that missiles had been fired at a military facility in the province of Homs. A World Health Organization spokesman said, however, the agency can not say the deadly incident was a chemical attack because it can not get into the area.

President Donald Trump on Thursday attempted to cloud the timing of potential airstrikes on Syria, a day after indicating they were imminent. It offered no timeline but said the team is preparing to leave for Syria shortly.

Doctors have said the symptoms presented by suspected victims of the attack are consistent with chlorine gas.

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

Two Navy destroyers were used to launch more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in April 2017 in response to a nerve-agent attack that Trump blamed on Assad. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad.

"We are not surprised by such a reckless escalation from a regime like the United States which has fostered and continues to foster terrorism in Syria", a foreign ministry official said, according to state news agency SANA. But they acknowledge it is hard to decide what to ignore and what to take seriously.

Mr Assad's Barzah research and development centre in Damascus was destroyed, Mr McKenzie said. "It does not exist anymore".

They've begun jamming U.S. drones flying over Syria, and have threatened to shoot down incoming USA missiles.

As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the OPCW to visit the site of the alleged attack in Douma, a town in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta that is on the verge of falling to the regime after a long and bloody siege. 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. It said that loud explosions had been heard over the airfield, and that the Syrian military was responding to the situation.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

Will European allies join the military action? Russian Federation has blamed Syrian opposition forces for the attack.

He added, however, that the US would be unlikely to warn Russian Federation of the coming strike this time. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.