As Russia warns against US strike, Trump threatens missiles

Airlines warned of possible missile launches into Syria

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Russian Federation hopes all parties involved in Syria will avoid any steps that could "significantly destabilize" an already "fragile situation". The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday that the "still assessing the intelligence" on the recent chemical attack but noted that the US military is on standby should Trump give the order for a strike.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as well as Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss options, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace.

United States stock index futures fell sharply on Wednesday amid rising tension between Russian Federation and America.

But Syria's attempt to shelter aircraft, perhaps by locating them alongside Russian military hardware that Washington might be reluctant to strike, could limit damage that the United States and its allies might be able to inflict on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military.

A senior Russian lawmaker says President Donald Trump's tweet warning of an imminent missile strike on Syria reflects a dangerously light-minded approach to a critical situation.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that US officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria's ally Russian Federation opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.

Dunford said the US did not co-ordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

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A Syrian opposition official, Hadi Al Bahra, also tweeted "the first missile targeted an area in Mount Qasioun".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said: "The use of chemical weapons is a clear red line, and there must be consequences for crossing it". That sealed a major victory for Assad in the war, crushing a protracted rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus. Are these purely punitive strikes, taken to make the global community feel better about retaliating for the brutal death of children (leaving aside those killed over the last seven years by bombs and guns, as well as other unanswered chemical weapons attacks)?

In another tweet, Trump called the Syrian leader a "gas killing animal".

The US-led operation won broad Western support.

The United States, Britain and France have argued the incident bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack "necessary and appropriate".

The White House said Trump canceled a trip to Latin America, which had been set to begin Friday, so that he could "oversee the American response to Syria". Or will they be extended strikes that serve the broader goal of undermining the regime's military capabilities? He has also attacked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as "conflicted".

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said. "Obviously we are working urgently with our allies and partners to assess what has happened on the ground", she said. The regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians, most recently in the attack on Douma that killed at least 42 people.

He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimising the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

In the UK, Cabinet ministers said that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged". However, I think there's less to it than meets the eye.



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