Trump threatens missiles "will be coming" to Syria

Hugh Fox
April 12, 2018

In an escalating series of events, US President Donald Trump has warned Russia that the US would send missiles to Syria after a Russian ambassador threatened that any such missiles would be shot down.

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

The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded "unhindered access" to Douma in Syria to check reports from its partners that 500 people were affected by a chemical attack there. The Syrian regime denies responsibility.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation vehemently deny involvement and accuse rebel groups of fabricating the attack to hinder the army's advances and provoke global military intervention. "Let them go through with it or shut up", said a participant in an online poll asking if Syrians were afraid of a USA attack.

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there - Jaish al-Islam - finally agreed to withdraw. That sealed a major victory for Assad in Syria's civil war, crushing a protracted rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

It was not immediately clear what economic steps the president was referring to, and representatives for the White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

That decision suggests the USA response may involve a larger military operation than a limited strike, says the BBC's Barbara Plett Usher in Washington.

Peskov added there were no plans for Putin to call Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron or UK Prime Minister Theresa May amid the crisis.

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What might a military strike look like?

Senior Russian figures have threatened to meet any U.S. strikes with a response. "Market participants will closely watch oil-production profile in the USA, which is also expected to have a material impact on the outcome of the upcoming OPEC meeting in June", he said.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash.

"In case of American aggression, the missiles will be downed", Zasypkin told the Lebanese media.

It remains hard to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded Saturday on the outskirts of Damascus, a development that has pushed the United States and its allies to the verge of military confrontation in Syria.

Both U.S. crude and global benchmark Brent traded at the highest levels since 2014 as concerns about airstrikes drove the market higher. On Monday, the guided-missile destroyer "Donald Cook" departed the port of Larnaca in Cyprus, reportedly heading towards Syria. "The past two decades of US military intervention in the Middle East-including President Trump's unauthorized airstrikes on Syria last year-only confirm the failure of this approach to advance humanitarian outcomes".

Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and cruise missiles could be used within that period and there could be intermittent disruptions of radio navigation equipment. Most flights have avoided the area since the start of the conflict, although Syrian Air and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines continue to use Syrian airspace.

May has not confirmed whether the United Kingdom government is considering military action.

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Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday that an Israeli attack on an air base in Syria earlier this week would "not remain without response". The "reckless escalation" by the U.S.is no surprise from a country "that has sponsored and is still sponsoring terrorism in Syria", the ministry said.

Activists reported that government forces vacated strategic potential targets, including air bases around the country in apparent preparation for incoming strikes.

The diplomat's remarks follow Russia's veto of a USA draft Security Council resolution calling for an independent investigation to establish with certainty whether Syria used poison gas against civilians in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, last week.

"I think we have to respond militarily", Crocker said on Morning Edition.

How did Trump respond to Russian Federation?

By inviting the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to send a fact-finding mission to Syria, the government claimed it proved it was innocent of the allegations of using chemical weapons.

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

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