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25th June 2018

Third World War on the Brink as US, UK, France Plan Assault on Russia's Syria!

By Eileen and Michael (12/04/18)

Political observers believe a strike on Syria is a strike on Russia as US, UK and France ready to launch missiles on Syria for chemical weapons.

 

President Trump met with advisers and top military leaders on Monday to discuss the potential for military action in Syria. (Photo: Trump with his military officers).

President Trump put Syria and Russia on notice Wednesday morning in a Twitter post, promising that missiles fired at Syria “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” and telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” After the threat, the president said in a separate tweet that relations between the United States and Russia are worse than ever.

The president appeared to be reacting to reports on Tuesday that the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, warned the United States and its allies that any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down. He made those comments in an interview with Al Manar Television.

Mr. Trump’s early morning comments were remarkable in that he is, in a way, telegraphing the United States’ response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, which is something he had previously criticized other leaders for doing. Mr. Trump has said publicly that sharing military plans could give enemies information they could use to their advantage. (Photo: Theresa May with poisoned Russian Skripal and Putin).

With American strike intentions so clearly forecast by Mr. Trump, the Syrian government has moved key aircraft to the Russian base near Latakia, and is taking pains to secure important weapons systems, military analysts said.

Pentagon officials said that even if Syrian warplanes manage to elude an American-led strike campaign, the United States and its allies can still seek to so damage Syrian airfields - across the country - that it would hamper Mr. Assad’s ability to use them to launch future chemical weapons attacks.

That kind of damage, though, would require a sustained campaign - likely over a number of days. It was unclear whether the United States, France and other allies involved have made a decision to extend a bombing campaign beyond one night.

But the president’s subsequent tweet struck a different tone. After he warned Russia what it would be up against in Syria, Mr. Trump lamented that relations between the two countries were worse than during the Cold War, a decades-long geopolitical and ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union when both were armed for, and prepared for, nuclear war.

Courtesy: By Eileen Sullivan and Michael D. Shear - Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

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