Syria chemical attack 'fabrication by foreign power — Russia

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The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike. "Could not have had a better result". He has previously told his national security team he wants US troops to exit Syria within six months.

Sanders adds that US officials are "continuing to assess intelligence" and are "engaged in conversations with our partners and allies". "Yes, it has happened", she said.

If the US launches a strike, Syrian air defense systems will repel it. He pointed out that the country's air defenses have already proven effective, shooting down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet in February 2018 and intercepting Israeli missiles on April 9.

NBC News reported on Tuesday that Russia has learned how to use GPS jammers to limit the capabilities of US drones operating over Syria. A U.S. -led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the militants' grip on both Syria and Iraq.

Bouthaina Shabaan, the political and media adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, said on Wednesday that her country is not fearing the US threats of striking Syria. It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

But she says, "No final decision has been made".

He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

"More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", the organization added.

The officials declined to comment further and it was not clear whether the Syrian actions would affect US military planning for potential action against Syria over a suspected poison gas attack. Maybe he hopes to scare Russia and Syria into some sort of negotiation.

When President Barack Obama drew - and failed to enforce - his "red line" on Syria's use of chemical weapons, he damaged America's credibility in the international arena. That did not mean military strikes would continue. "The President has a number of options at his disposal and all of those options remain on the table".

"I was taken blindfolded and held in solitary confinement in a cell where I hardly fit", he said, adding that there was a hole in the tiny room to be used as a toilet.

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

Assad's Barzah research and development centre in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie said.

That's to the credit of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who favored a measured response, and also of President Trump, who tempered his initial bellicose language about an assault.

The Syrian government called his threats to attack "reckless", claiming they endanger international peace and security, a report broadcast on state TV said. Its argument that a one-off military strike is enough to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again is clearly untrue.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt discusses the crisis in Syria with opinion writers Molly Roberts, Christine Emba and Dana Milbank on the weekly discussion show "It's Only Thursday".

Moisi stressed the "risk of escalation" of the conflict amid increasing concerns about a U.S. -Russia proxy war. An America that is either afraid or unwilling to act is a weakened America - a publicly weakened America - and to truly put America first, one of Trump's core agenda items should be restoring the image of a powerful nation.