Trump on Syria: 'Attack very soon or not so soon at all!'

Apr 14, 2018, 11:58
Trump on Syria: 'Attack very soon or not so soon at all!'

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'"

Russia on Wednesday warned against the risk of a direct clash with the U.S.in Syria, with a Russian envoy saying USA missiles flying over the war-ravaged country would be shot down. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" Then Thursday he tweeted that an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all!".

The U.S. president had sharply critical words for both Russian Federation and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

Vladislav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, said the "whole world is horrified by" Trump's tweeting. The U.S. believe the attack, which left multiple civilians dead, was carried out by al-Assad on his own people, though Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed that the U.S.is still assessing related intelligence.

"There is no reason for this. Stop the arms race?" he wrote.

Amid the unprecedented tension between the two former Cold War adversaries, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the nation's government evacuated forces from a number of air bases around the country.

Syria has accused militants of fabricating videos purporting to show victims of a chemical attack in order to frame the government and prompt global outrage.

Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was under way and that they were prepared to sustain the response until Syria stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, has said it has found no evidence that a chemical weapons attack occurred last Saturday and has blamed Syrian rebels for the attack.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in televised remarks that "we don't participate in Twitter diplomacy".

The Syrian Civil War has pulled in the United States, Russia, Iran and nearly all of Syria's neighbors.

May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night, London's Daily Telegraph newspaper said on Wednesday.

United States officials told The Associated Press that the allies had weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week.

"We have a number of options", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, "and all of those options are still on the table".

Trump called Assad a "gas killing animal".

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