Trump says decision on Syria will come fairly soon

Trump says decision on Syria will come fairly soon

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. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

A strike that hits Russian assets in Syria - even if unintentionally - could result in a unsafe game of one-upmanship, potentially dragging the USA further into a conflict the president wants to leave.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

"I think it's very unlikely that we would directly and intentionally target any Russian forces that are in Syria, so the way that a Russian officer or person would be harmed is by participating directly in Syrian military activity".

Trump's tweet - which he appeared to row back on on Thursday - appears to have given Syrian forces ample warning to move key assets, suggesting that any strike now would be largely symbolic and have little meaningful impact on the conduct of the war in Syria.

"They know we are there, I wish there was dialect though the proper channels on this to avert any risky developments", he said.

Zakharova also said a missile strike could destroy evidence of chemical weapons - or perhaps cover up a lack of such evidence.

Trump has consulted with U.S. allies, particularly France and the United Kingdom, about a coordinated response to the suspected chemical attack, but officials say they have not reached a firm agreement on scale or timing. He hits out at Russian Federation and Iran over their backing for "Animal Assad". The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

The spokeswoman further stressed that Russian military personnel and doctors had visited Douma but found no traces of a chemical attack.

NBC News reported that USA officials obtained blood and urine samples from victims of the Douma attack that tested positive for chemicals, mainly for chlorine and some for a nerve agent. When the Syrian military pummels civilians, they rely on the military hardware given by Russian Federation.

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President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - denies being behind any chemical attack, a BBC report said.

With increasing concerns about a US-Russia proxy war in Syria, Macron insisted that "France will not allow an escalation or something that could damage the stability" of the region.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States on Thursday to avoid military action, saying the "immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

Douma, the Syrian city where experts believe chemical weapons were used on civilians, has fallen to the government, after the last rebel group that had been fighting Syria's regime there capitulated. Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned the Western states against any military action on his homeland.

Trump was responding to a Russian warning on Tuesday that any US missiles fired at Syria over the assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

Macron said he has been talking regularly this week with US President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

"No decision as yet, the cabinet is meeting in full at 1530 to discuss", Brexit minister David Davis said.

A special hotline for the US and Russian militaries to communicate about operations in Syria is active and being used by both sides, Moscow said on April 12. Any U.S. strike would probably involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defences.

On April 10 the Syrian army puts its military positions, including airports and all bases, on alert for three days, the Observatory reports.

A second US Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the USS Porter, is also understood to be in the Mediterranean and like the Donald Cook carries an arsenal of around two dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles. Russian Federation has strengthened Syria's air-defense capabilities, deploying S-400 missile batteries.

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