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12 April, 2018, 00:07 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The statement was the latest in a war of words raging between Washington and Moscow since Saturday's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town Douma, just outside Damascus, which killed more than 40 people according to activists and first responders.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted that "missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting global terrorism in its territory for several years".

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma" where Saturday's attack took place, said Peter Salama, the United Nations agency's chief of emergency response. "We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies". During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable".

He described the situation in Syria as "rather tense", but declined to specify how Moscow would respond to a USA airstrike against its ally Assad. "I refer you to the White House to characterise the President's tweet", Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

Trump changed his tone in another tweet that was posted some 40 minutes later, calling for a better relationship with Russian Federation.

Whether this is the case or not, the situation places the Trump Administration in a hard position: it can send U.S. troops to Syria, which runs the risk of escalating the Syrian Civil War; or it can choose not to send troops, which will make the USA look weak and embolden Syria's government and its allies (Russia and Iran). "There is no reason for this".

"Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do", stated the president. "Stop the arms race?" he wrote.

The Monitor added that troops were seen withdrawing and redeploying for fear of imminent U.S. stike on Syria in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Douma near Damascus.

Brig. -Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told Channel 2 the Americans had no option but to respond with an air strike would be more severe that then one the U.S. carried out against Syria previous year.

In Washington, Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, also said he was not comfortable with the president's tweet.

The diplomat's remarks follow Russia's veto of a USA draft Security Council resolution calling for an independent investigation to establish with certainty whether Syria used poison gas against civilians in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, last week. The Syrian government has denied the accusations.

"We think the fundamentals do not justify the current price, but unfortunately the market is focusing more on the politics and ignoring some of the warning signs, especially the hike in USA oil production".

Trump's secretary of defense, James Mattis, said on Wednesday that the USA was still assessing what exactly happened in Douma.

Trump said Wednesday that "missiles will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical attack in Ghouta's last rebel holdout of Douma at the weekend.

Under one possible scenario, Russian Federation may try to use its sophisticated electronic warfare systems deployed in Syria to make US missiles veer off course without shooting them down.

Earlier this week, United States officials said that a lack of firm evidence had led to concerns from May about launching strikes too early.

Last year's strike targeted aircraft and aircraft shelters, ammunition, air defense systems and radar gear. "I think there's a better way of doing this", he told CNN. The trip was supposed to have started on Friday, though the White House declined to say whether that timing indicated a strike was more likely at the end of the week. Russia vetoed a U.S. text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

"Why do we keep broadcasting when we are going to attack Syria".

Trump has been quick to point the finger at Syrian President Bashar Assad regarding the alleged chemical attack, despite the fact that investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have yet to begin an official investigation into the matter.

Asked whether France would take military action, Mr Macron said his country would continue discussing technical and strategic information with U.S. and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

"The president is sitting there on Twitter taking such decisions that whole world are horrified by".


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