Strikes against Syria could begin as early as Thursday night


In a notice posted to Eurocontrol's website, EASA said: "Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken".

In another tweet Wednesday morning, Trump claimed that America's relationship with Russian Federation is "worse than it has ever been".

According to the White House, US President Donald Trump has not laid out any timetable for action, either.

Syrian forces fired 40 surface-to-air missiles during the operation, mostly after the attack was over, he said.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidency tweeted after airstrikes began.

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 joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons.

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

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

Mattis told lawmakers he believed there had been a chemical attack and that it was "simply inexcusable, beyond the pale", but he called attention to the risks of further United States involvement in Syria and made clear no response plan had been made.

Last year, he ordered missile strikes on a Syrian military base - the first military action against President Assad's forces since the civil war broke out in 2011 - after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed more than 90 people.

Mrs May said today that the suspected chemical attack in Syria was "barbaric" and that she was also holding urgent worldwide talks.

Efforts to find a diplomatic solution at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday failed, with Washington and Moscow opposing each other's rival motions to set up an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use.

The Syrian foreign ministry accused the United States, which has supported some rebel groups in Syria's conflict, of using "fabrications and lies" as an excuse to hit its territory.

Despite the president's rhetoric, it's still not exactly clear what Trump's next move will be, but after reports of a retaliatory strike from US ally Israel on Syria surfaced this week, the prospect of American military involvement began to grow with each presidential tweet.

The sky looked orange over eastern Damascus apparently as a result of fires caused by the missiles hitting Syria. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

Russian Federation even felt emboldened to attack USA forces in Syria in February.

Moscow and western allies led by the USA voted against the other's proposals in the United Nations security council earlier this week for setting up a body dedicated to investigating repeated poison gas use in Syria.


Aaron Stein, a senior resident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri center for the Middle East, told The National that "it appears, based on the latest reporting and leaks, that it will be a limited strike aimed at sending a message about chemical weapons use".

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad.

In another series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump bemoaned the state of relations between the United States and Russian Federation.



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