Trump says Syria attack 'very soon or not so soon at all!'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 1:55
Buthaina Shaaban, political and media adviser to the president, insisted that "we are not afraid of war and we will be prepared for it if it happens" in her comments to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV today. USA officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday. "The president will speak with [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron and [British] Prime Minister [Theresa] May this evening".
President Donald Trump has been cryptically hinting at his looming action on Syria for days, but a new report says he may have nailed down eight locations to strike.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that those behind the killings of civilians would pay a "heavy price", after the foreign ministry said there was a "strong suspicion" Assad's regime was responsible.
"Three years ago we put a proposal on the table, it's still on the table, we really want closer cooperation on Syria and we really need it".
The president had tweeted Tuesday about missiles "coming", seemingly in response to apparent comments from Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, widely reported Wednesday morning, that warned Russian Federation would fire on any USA missiles targeting Syria and the units launching them.
In Washington, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress he believed there was a chemical attack in Syria, but added a short while later that the United States had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.
Earlier in the day, Bashar al-Jaafari, Syrian ambassador to the USA, said in NY that two investigating teams from the OPCW were scheduled to arrive in Syria within the next 24 hours.
The EU says that signs suggest the regime carried out the attack and urges Russian Federation and Iran to help prevent another one. "They were very bellicose". "Now we have to make some further decisions, so they will be made fairly soon". "I wish there were dialogue through appropriate channels to avert any unsafe development".
Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, says that a vote is necessary and bombing could lead to a hot war between the USA and Russian Federation, which has promised to answer any strikes.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford leaves the White House after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump regarding Syria, in Washington, April 12, 2018. "The Russians probably will not know where the submarines are or that they're there".
Earlier, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vassily Nebenzia cautioned the U.S.to "refrain from the plans that you're now developing", saying Washington would "bear responsibility" for any "illegal military adventure".
"That's essentially where we get the chances for miscalculation and actual serious conflict", Weber, also an assistant professor at Russia's National Research University-Higher School of Economics, told VOA's Russian service.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said he had met ambassadors from the five permanent members of the security council, including Russian Federation and the U.S., and "stressed the need to avoid the situation spiralling out of control".
At least 40 people and possibly as many as 70 people are reported dead in Douma, and it was reported that numerous people were "choking and foaming at the mouth". However, this is unlikely to affect the regime's determination or ability to continue its military efforts to crush the opposition using urban sieges, massive bombardments and chemical weapons. Videos and photos from the site of the attack, along with witness testimony contradicted that, and on Thursday, the US reportedly received physical evidence.