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Missiles 'Will Be Coming' to Syria, Trump Warns

Missiles 'Will Be Coming' to Syria, Trump Warns

The White House said Wednesday that the administration had not finalized its decisions about a course of action in Syria. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. The whiplash is palpable: Trump announced last week that he was seeking to remove US troops from Syria as soon as possible; today, it's: "Get ready, Russia, because they [missiles] will be coming".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned against a missile strike, writing on Facebook Wednesday that it could destroy evidence on the ground and interrupt the work of worldwide investigators.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

Dozens of Douma inhabitants died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

He also called the Syrian leader a "gas killing animal". The US Defence Department said it "does not comment on potential future military actions". U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said. A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Satellites and other United States intelligence aircraft are watching closely for signs that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, as well as Russian units - are using the advance notice to move aircraft, weapons and personnel out of the way of a potential attack. However, there was a growing row over whether MPs needed to give the green light for military action.

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.

"If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him", Trump tweeted.




Earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to Trump on Facebook, saying missiles would destroy "all evidence" of the attack. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send immediately its team of experts to investigate, and reports from the OPCW indicate that there is a chance of such a mission coming to Douma.

Trump is believed to be considering standoff missile strikes against facilities related to the production and delivery of chlorine and sarin or sarin-like agents.

The attack at the weekend led to widespread condemnation, as Theresa May agreed with Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron that the worldwide community "needed to respond" following the suspected attack.

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had brokered a deal with Syria's ally Russian Federation to remove chemical stockpiles from the country, a strategy that also failed. "We're still working on this".

She said the attack was "a shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way". He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

That assault prompted the United States to launch several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. Syria denies the accusation.

Douma has been heavily bombed by the regime and Russian Federation making it extremely hard for media, including AFP, to independently verify the claims.

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic", Trump said.

The Pentagon released video April 14 of the joint missile strike against the Syrian regime in retaliation for the suspected April 7 chemical attack against civilians in Douma.


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