Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Pentagon Not Conducting Syria Missile Strikes

Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP Military to present Trump with Syria strike options within hours: sources
Glenn Montgomery | 10 April, 2018, 20:25

According to Syria's SANA news agency, the attack might have been carried out by the United States. Israel has also struck inside Syria in recent years. "However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable".

Israel military, which already bombed the T-4 airbase in February, refused to give any comments to Sputnik about the airstrike on the facility.

"An aggression was perpetrated on T-4 air base in several strikes that is most likely to be an American attack", state television said in a news flash.

Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Syrian air defence systems had shot down five of eight missiles fired.

Defense analysts say there are large deployments of Russian forces at the base, and jets fly regular sorties from there to strike rebel-held areas.

A Syrian military official also said Israel was behind the attack.

And a prominent Republican senator warned Trump that a failure to act now could leave him in a weakened posture internationally.

In a separate incident on Saturday, 41 people were reported killed and hundreds wounded in an alleged poison gas attack in the town of Douma, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, a nonprofit medical relief organization.

Russian Federation is warning the USA against any "military intervention" in Syria over the government's alleged chemical attack against civilians this weekend, saying any such response would be "unacceptable" and lead to the "most serious consequences". "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world". Iran, a key ally of Assad, condemned the strikes, which it said killed four Iranians, including a colonel and a member of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace force. "Big price.to pay".

At the time of the weekend attack in Douma, Syrian government forces and their allies were in the midst of clearing the last pocket of rebel resistance in the eastern Ghouta region, where the town is located.

Trump referred in a Tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The attacks come during an uneasy time in Syria, and also as President Trump carefully navigates exactly what to do in the country, where there are approximately 2,000 US troops now stationed.

The Pentagon was suspected to be conducting air strikes in Syria after receiving threats about chemical attacks. "While the United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports, the Secretary-General notes that any use of chemical weapons, if confirmed, is abhorrent, and requires a thorough investigation".

Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base a year ago in response to a sarin-gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

Russia's foreign minister has called reports of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a "provocation".

The U.S. missile strike was against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike. The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

An image from a video released by the Douma City Coordination Committee shows a girl being sprayed with water Saturday following an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town.

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