At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US 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 USA presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.
Minutes after Pentagon brass and cabinet members jumped in black armored SUVs and sped away from the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would continue to assess intelligence and engage with allies.
He said there was a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria. Fox News reported that USA military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13. And while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian Regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.
"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". "On Thursday, Mr. Trump tweeted that missiles, "new" and "'smart'" are coming. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of its use of prohibited chemical agents".
Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russia-U.S. military hotline to avoid casualties in a case of a U.S. blow, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".
Trump being the president of the United States is such a great joke already and what we are experiencing is just tragic, it's quite tragicomic actually, and he says whatever he thinks and he wants and like a child actually, he doesn't behave like the president of the United States. This has raised fears of a possible direct clash of US and Russian forces.
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"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime".
The New York Times earlier reported that Trump's announcement would deal with Syria.
Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of global law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.
But the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records alleged violations of global law in Syria, said bodies were found with oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns.
"The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".
The world is on pins and needles as we all wait to see what happens next in Syria since Trump's supposed deadline for some type of response came and went on Wednesday.
"I think it looks pretty clear that a chlorine weapon was used" on the civilians, said Charles Duelfer, former deputy head of the United Nations inspections team in Iraq, in an interview with NPR.