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Syria war: Why are Western states considering air strikes?

Syria war: Why are Western states considering air strikes? Syria war: Why are Western states considering air strikes?
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 14:16

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets past year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and made a decision to minimize Russian and other casualties.

In announcing the strikes Friday, Trump said he had ordered "precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities" of the Syrian regime.

Russian Federation has dismissed the purported chemical attack as fake and strongly warned the USA and its allies against launching a military strike in Syria.

President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - has denied involvement in any chemical attack, calling the reports "fabricated".

Asked what worries him most about possible military action the USA might take, Mattis said: "On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control".

Trump is expected to consult further with his national security team.

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said. The U.S.is bolstering its presence there: on Friday, the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill, which can carry as many as 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles, arrived in the region.

Trump said last Saturday, Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". Trump said Thursday on Twitter.

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"We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians. and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago", the official said.

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", he added. The United States would not be going to war with Assad or his chief allies, Russian Federation and Iran.

Russian Federation and Syria have denied any involvement in the alleged chemical attack. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any US military action.

Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US-led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers, accusing the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

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As part of his "America First" campaign pledge, Trump had promised to remove the USA from costly and prolonged foreign entanglements.

The White House has said the mission to fight Islamic State in Syria was "coming to a rapid end" while offering no timetable for US withdrawal.

President Trump's public statements have strongly suggested that an attack will be happening soon, going so far as to taunt Russian Federation on Twitter that they should "get ready" for the "new" and "smart" missiles that the USA would be using. It's an endeavor that is projected to cost at least $100 billion and take at least 10 years to complete.

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