Lunes, 23 Abril, 2018

Expert: US and Russia 'at risk of direct war' over Syria

Trump Syria attack will be met forcefully As Russia Warns Against US Strike, Trump Threatens Missile Attack
Eleena Tovar | 15 Abril, 2018, 21:28

He made those comments in an interview with Al Manar Television. That, however, would amount to entering into another full-fledged invasion in a nation Trump reportedly had hoped to pull U.S. troops out of entirely only weeks ago.

It's possible that Russia will simply attempt to intercept inbound Tomahawks using their S-300 missile defense platforms, offering them an opportunity to put their ballistic missile intercepting technology on display for the world.

But the president's subsequent tweet struck a different tone.

Russian politicians said Moscow would view a US air strike on Syria as a war crime that could trigger a direct military clash between the two powers. In order to maintain credibility, Russia would have to act... the question is, what constitutes action?

"Hitting people also sends a message that Assad himself could be next", said Michael O'Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution.

Itani pointed out that the United States' "very limited response" to the chemical weapons attack in 2017 "did not convince [Assad] not to use chemical weapons-instead it showed him the cost of doing so was manageable".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the United States is still assessing the intelligence on the suspected chemical attack, but that military planning was proceeding.

Macron doesn't need parliamentary permission to launch an operation.

The allied operation comes a year after the U.S. missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron said: "We cannot tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security", in a statement from the Elysee presidential office. The Pentagon said there were three targets: a chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syrian President Bashar Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage launched Friday evening (early Saturday in Syria).

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon.

"That is why Theresa May is right to have pledged British support for a joint military response with the US and France", the paper says.

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for president as a Democrat in 2016, called the strikes illegal in a Twitter post.

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a U.S. strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike.

Trump appears to understand that. "Big price to pay", Trump warned in a tweet Sunday. "He will, everybody will". "We advocate serious approaches". Syria's official SANA news agency reported. In the most recent incident, because Israeli allegedly flew over Lebanese airspace, that vague threat was embarrassingly irrelevant. And the president met with his military commanders Monday to discuss options.

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 currently planned.

"If you don't want extremists, or ISIS to return, you should keep some kind of presence (in Rojava). We'll see what happens". He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use.

Theresa May is prepared to take action against the Assad regime in Syria without first seeking parliamentary consent. The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any US strike on Syria by targeting any missiles and launchers involved.

He previously said any French action would target Syria's chemical weapons abilities. "The state flag hoisted over a building in Douma signifies control over this populated locality and Eastern Ghouta as a whole", Major-General Yury Yevtushenko told reporters.

As of Saturday, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, Pentagon officials said.

Shortly after saying missiles were coming, Trump tweeted that the U.S. "relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".