Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

"We hope that the Russian government concludes that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar Al-Assad". They endorsed a joint call for Russian Federation to abandon Assad.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano says Europe's broad support for the US military strikes contributed to a "renewed harmony" between the United States and its partners.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that President Donald Trump's oldest daughter weighed in on his response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

The president's son, Eric Trump, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview that the president had been influenced by his sister's reaction to the gas attack that killed dozens last week.

Syria denied the attack but the United States then carried out a retaliatory strike, firing 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.

On Monday, the tension was only mounting. Another is that he is capable of the controlled use of the vast arsenal of USA military power, and willing to listen to his military advisers. She said the Obama administration had found a solution "that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria, in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished".

Such clarity on Assad's future isn't shared by Russian Federation, which insists that Syria's leadership can not be a matter for outside powers. Later, however, the administration was playing down the idea of barrel bombs as a red line.

Russia's General Staff says the Syrian government is willing to let global experts to examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons. "There's an agreement with him not to use chemical weapons".

The US raised the stakes significantly on Monday when a senior US official said Washington has made a preliminary conclusion that Russian Federation knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack.

Meanwhile, Assad's allies reportedly threatened retaliation if the US strikes again.

Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy, of the Russian General Staff, said Russia will provide security for worldwide inspectors seeking to examine Syrian bases, and that Damascus has agreed to allow the inspections. The US and others have said that Russian Federation bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians at the hands of Assad given Moscow's role in guaranteeing the 2013 deal in which Assad was supposed to have given up his chemical weapons arsenal.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon, "It is very clear who planned this attack, who authorized this attack and who orchestrated this attack".

The Syrian opposition will take some heart from the US strikes and hope for more USA action.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested on Monday a lower bar for further US action, saying Washington could also retaliate if Syria uses "barrel bombs" - oil drums packed with explosives dropped from aircraft. The problem ahead for the Trump administration is now to figure out what the politics of the Syrian problem should be.

The mixed messages have confused and frustrated European allies, who are eager for full US support for a political solution based on a transfer of power in Damascus.

Trump's spokesman says that lack of clarity is no accident.

"We will rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against innocents anywhere in the world", he said, speaking at an Italian war memorial. And the irony wasn't lost on Trudeau.

Last Thursday 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired on the government-controlled base in the United States' first direct military action against Assad's forces.

"We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world".

"The raging civil war in Syria, the violent conflicts around the world", he said, "require an global community that pulls together, that holds each other to account and that strives everyday not to repeat the awful mistakes of the past".

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