The U.S. responded to that attack by hitting the airfield with dozens of cruise missiles. “And I watched past administrations say, we will attack at such and such a day at such and such an hour”.
Galloway called past use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime “a clear threat to regional stability”, and said the mere presence of chemical weapons in Syria raises concerns for the US because they could fall into the hands of terrorist groups operating there. The US said the Syrian plane had dropped bombs near US-backed forces that are now fighting a war to purge Islamist militants from Raqqa.
All three spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing repercussions that could negatively affect their entry process. Typically, the State Department, Pentagon and USA intelligence agencies would all be consulted before a White House declaration sure to ricochet across foreign capitals.
Last night, the administration announced that the USA had detected – quote – “potential preparations” by the regime to use the banned weapons, again. “And that is what inspired the statement you saw last night”.
The White House offered no details on what prompted the warning.
To help us understand why the White House issued that statement, we’re joined by NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.
Miller says Russia’s reaction is not surprising, as Russian Federation has consistently taken Assad’s side in the Syrian civil war.
Syrian activists say an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria has killed at least 42 prisoners.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis further said that Washington had seen “activity” at Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province that “indicated active preparations for chemical weapons use”.
The Kremlin was not happy with the White House statement.
MARGARET WARNER: A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin retorted: “Such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable“. Nevertheless, the White House showed it wouldn’t turn a blind eye. “Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false”.
However, several defense officials told the New York Times that the statement caught them off guard.
Trump, despite authorizing strikes earlier this year, has been inconsistent on Syria.
The White House threat essentially draws a “red line” on chemical weapons in much the same manner President Barack Obama did.
Fereidoun and Hayedeh, who were bound for Los Angeles to visit their daughter and her husband, said they had visited the US every two to three years for the last decade. I think he’s barbaric in many ways.
Trump and his top aides have so far been hesitant about outlining the administration’s Syria policy and the President has even said he is “proud” of his flexibility.
The U.S. struck the base in April after a gas attack killed 89 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria.
Two events in the past month — the shooting down by a United States plane of a Syrian Su-22 and the use of ballistic missiles by Iran against ISIS targets – are evidence of a scramble in eastern Syria that’s been gathering pace since the beginning of the year. The situation “was very fast-moving”, the official said Tuesday.