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US Poised to Strike in Syria

Analysts weigh in on risks and highlights

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13 Apr 2018 (All day)
US Poised to Strike in Syria
US President Donald Trump’s latest statement on the crisis in Syria Thursday evening included a promise that a decision about how to respond to the recent use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would be made “fairly soon” but not necessarily immediately, as had been implied by his earlier statements. “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place,” he Tweeted Thursday evening. “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”

Here is a video offering some analysis on US involvement in the Middle East

Meanwhile, Russia stuck to its narrative that there is no compelling reason to believe that the Assad regime carried out an attack on the village of Douma, or even that any such attack even occurred, demanding that the US cease it’s “dishonest accusations” regarding the incident. A statement by a Kremlin spokesperson also blamed Israel for contributing to instability in Syria with last week’s alleged airstrike on the T-4 airbase.

An Israeli  Israeli diplomatic source responded by saying that “what is worsening the stability of Syria is Iran’s aggression and its attempt to entrench itself militarily there in order to threaten Israel and other states.”

Ali Shirazi, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to the Quds Force, responded to recent Israeli statements by thundering that “If Israel wants to continue its treacherous existence... it should avoid stupid measures. If they give excuses to Iran, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed. Iran can destroy Israel.”

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Thursday during an interview with the TF1 news program that his government has obtained “proof that last week... chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar Assad. We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective.”

Observers have noted several US military assets in the region are ready to strike the Assad regime if and when the White House issues the order to do so.


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