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Trump Clears Up Syria Missile Threat: 'Soon Or Not So Soon'

Trump Clears Up Syria Missile Threat: 'Soon Or Not So Soon' Trump Clears Up Syria Missile Threat: 'Soon Or Not So Soon'
Orlondo Matamoros | Abril 15, 2018, 18:49

Trump's Wednesday tweet came in reaction to a declaration from Russia's envoy to Beirut, saying, "If there is an American strike, then we ... will shoot down the missiles and target the positions from where they were launched", who added "In the past few days, we have seen an escalation towards a significant crisis".

Along with Macron and May, the president has been in touch with other world leaders who are considered likely candidates for a possible airstrike against Syria. Assad has maintained his bloody dictatorship by destroying the country, killing hundreds of thousands of his people, and forcing almost half of the original population of 22 million people into displacement.

More than 70 people "sheltering in basements" in Douma died on Saturday, the organization said, and 43 of these deaths were related to "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals". Such weapons are prohibited by international law and Russia had guaranteed that its Syrian ally had destroyed its chemical stocks. It is also important to demonstrate that America does not callously abandon allies, like the Kurds, before there is a negotiated settlement of the Syrian civil war. For example, after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman indicated in Paris that Saudi Arabia could join a punitive raid on Syria over the use of chemical weapons, the Saudis blamed Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen for firing missiles at Riyadh. But on Thursday, Trump wrote that he: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". "And now I am displaced today with its people, closing a page on this town that was so inspirational, with its once peaceful activism and its diversity, with its bad and its good".

The Pentagon refused to comment further on potential future military operations in response to Trump's tweet. Federal agents were reportedly looking for information related to Cohen's hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, as well as any information related to the "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump brags on a hot mic about sexually assaulting women. "We hope there will be no point of no return", the envoy said.

On Thursday, egged by hawks in her own party and in sections of the media, she called an emergency meeting of her cabinet apparently as a prelude to giving British forces the green light to launch an immediate attack on Syria.

A similar chemical attack last year that killed more than 80 people in northern Syria prompted a limited U.S. retaliation that targeted an air base from which aircraft involved in the strike likely deployed.

It first sent fighters across the border into Syria in 2012, and helped stem insurgent advances in Homs province before helping Assad go on the offensive.

Macron went further in an interview with France's TF1, suggesting the gas used was chlorine. Trump has largely avoided criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, though he singled him out in a tweet over the weekend for supporting Assad.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.

Asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian president, Mattis said: "We're still working on this".

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

Last month, Britain blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russia has vehemently denied. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.