|RT | Apr 9, 2018|
Trump promised a swift response to the "heinous attack," saying that "this is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen.”
Trump tells the press there will be a decision about Syria likely by the end of the day, “the generals will figure it out” and “everybody will pay a price” pic.twitter.com/2cQ5ebRNcL— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 9, 2018
On Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter that there would be a "big price to pay" for the alleged attack.
Moscow says the accusations against Damascus serve as a baseless provocation. It has warned that any military action taken to 'respond' to the alleged incident would have "dire consequences." Trump used similar language after an alleged chemical attack was carried out in Idlib province last April. He later ordered a Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian airbase in Homs.
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The US State Department said in a statement released on Monday that victims of the alleged attack in Douma showed symptoms of exposure to a nerve agent, and called on Syria and Russia to open the area to international monitors.
Saturday’s alleged chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, comes as pro-government forces conclude an operation that has liberated nearly the entire region from Islamic militants. The alleged chemical incident was reported by pro-jihadist groups and it could not be confirmed by Red Crescent medics on the ground.Following the reports, two Israeli warplanes targeted a Syrian airbase in Homs on Sunday night, according to the Russian and Lebanese militaries.
Trump's bluster last week about withdrawing from Syria meant nothing. US always wants to be seen as the reluctant superpower, dragged into conflicts against its will. "All we want to do is go home & rest on our laurels but the bad guys keep forcing us to intervene everywhere."— George Szamuely (@GeorgeSzamuely) April 9, 2018
|Comment: If Trump is stupid enough to start bombing Damascus based on the chemical weapons farce, it has already been suggested by Daniel McAdams at the Liberty Report that Russia may respond in kind.|