Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Trump's Tweet: 'We Can Only Imagine What Could Happen' - Lecturer

Trump's Tweet: 'We Can Only Imagine What Could Happen' - Lecturer

May has called ministers to a Thursday cabinet meeting on Syria, which media reports said was likely to lead to London joining in a military response to the suspected chemical attack.

The White House said in a statement Friday night that the USA had assessed "with confidence" that Assad's forces were responsible for the April 7 chemical weapons attack in Douma, a Damascus suburb.

Arturo Gal: The outcome that we can already see are, for example, European Air Traffic control issued an alert of possible air strikes happening in Syria within the next 72 hours.

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov retaliated hours after the airstrike on Syria with a statement vowing "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic. United States ambassador Nikki Haley said to the BBC that the United States has "enough proof" that Syria was behind the chemical attack.

No serious observer thinks Washington or Moscow want to fight each other over Bashar al-Assad's latest alleged use of banned chemical weapons on his country's civil war battlefield.

Indeed, the spokesman for another Iranian-backed militia warned on Wednesday that a U.S. attack on Syria would have serious consequences for the entire region.

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After the U.S., the United Kingdom and France fired missiles on facilities in Syria thought to be storage and production centers for chemical weapons, Russian Federation was quick in responding with harsh words yet no military reaction.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday night that the three allies had launched military strikes to punish Syrian Assad for alleged chemical weapons use and to prevent him from doing it again.

If confirmed, the town's seizure would mark the last stage of Assad's takeover of the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.

Chemical weapons attacks are suspected to have taken place in Syria before.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said. "Now we have to make some. decisions, so they'll be made fairly soon".

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security.

Analysts and politicians caution that even though commentators are already referring to a new Cold War, relations between Moscow and Washington could get far worse.

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Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.

US President Trump has warned Russian Federation to prepare for new, smart and nice missiles that were coming to Syria.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May held a special cabinet meeting to consider whether Britain should join the United States and France in possible military action.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'", Trump wrote on Twitter.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action. He talked, I believe, the day before yesterday with President Putin.

There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

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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".

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