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15 April 2018, 02:00 | Erica Roy
Trump's Syria whiplash
Something I doubt any other president would have done.
Mr Macron indicted any potential air strike would target Syria's chemical weapon supplies. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus has denounced President Donald Trump's threat to attack the country as "reckless" and a danger to worldwide peace and security.
More than 40 people died in the assault on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma on Saturday.
Earlier Thursday, Trump said "further decisions" would be made "fairly soon".
The American veteran added it was time military force was used against the Assad regime to stop the ongoing massacre of Syrian civilians and suggested a strike could avoid Russian assets in the country.
In an interview with pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV late Wednesday, Shabaan said the US threats of striking Syria aim to make more gains, stressing that consultations are ongoing among the allies of Syria and will not leave things to go Washington's way.
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia responded that no one gave the USA or the West "the authority to act as gendarmes, policemen of the world", and demanded that they "return to the legal fold". "Iran's IRGC, militias & the Lebanese Hezbollah have also reportedly evacuated their bases", another report, widely shared on Twitter, said. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable". "We will not leave our houses and our army is ready to retaliate". The threat applies not only to the missiles, but to their launch sites, she says. "Because so many things get announced and then they never happened". British officials said up to 75 people were killed.
The Syrian pound lost almost 10 percent of its value on prospects of an American attack, going from about 430 Syrian pounds to the dollar last week to 469 Wednesday. Russian Federation has blamed Syrian opposition forces for the attack.
There was no immediate comment from Syrian officials. The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for US strikes. The incident a week ago, believed to have killed dozens of civilians, is the focus of global outrage and is the basis for Trump's threat to unleash a missile barrage to punish the government of President Bashar Assad. He's often said he doesn't like to broadcast in advance what he would do, in terms of military strikes.
U.S. officials have consulted with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack.
Targeted economic sanctions against Syria and its allies, Iran and Russian Federation could still be used.
Syria joined Russian Federation in denouncing Mr Trump's threat to attack the country, saying his words were "reckless" and endangered global peace and security.
This comes as Trump has also said that, "Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".
United States president comments come after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, warned that American military assets would be targeted in the event of a strike against Syria.
At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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