Why would Israel launch strikes on Syria?

Saul Bowman
April 10, 2018

"We re making a decision as to what we do with respect to the disgusting attack that was made near Damascus and it will be met and it will be met forcefully", Trump told reporters.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on threats to global peace and security and the situation in the Middle East April 9, 2018 in NY.

US officials are assessing whether Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma, east of Damascus.

Trump added that such atrocities can not be allowed to happen.

The White House said later on Monday that Trump had spoken on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the attack in Syria.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a United Nations watchdog, said it was investigating the allegations but that so far only a "preliminary analysis" had been carried out.

Meanwhile, at 14 people reportedly died in a missile strike on a Syrian air base overnight, including three Iranians.

Trump said it will take roughly twenty-four hours for the United States to determine which party was responsible for the alleged chemical attack.

He highlighted what he said was the power of the United States to stop atrocities like the attack Saturday in rebel-held eastern Ghouta that killed at least 40 people.

"I see nothing to indicate that President Trump has constrained the possible military responses", Cafarella said. Russian Federation was a guarantor of a deal the Obama administration struck in 2013 in which Syria was to have removed all of its chemical weapons.


Does Trump believe that his political base is more up for a major US war in Syria today than it was then?

Aside from what immediate military and diplomatic actions the U.S. might take, Congress is struggling more broadly with how - or if - to update its Authorizations for the Use of Military Force for the war on terror, which were passed shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

"If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out", he said. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

The meeting - initially set for the late morning and requested by nine of the 15 council members - has been merged with another set of talks requested by Russian Federation on global threats to peace, the diplomat said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that as of Monday night, troops have been on a 72-hour alert and are fortifying their positions. "These reports are again referenced to the notorious White Helmets, which have been proved a couple of times to be working hand in glove with the terrorists, as well as to other pseudo-humanitarian organisations headquartered in the United Kingdom and the USA".

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

"Armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria, where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed, could lead to grave repercussions", he said.

But Iran's presence in Syria changed that tacit status quo, and Israel has carried out numerous strikes on the country in recent years.

Haley also said: "We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies".

After President Donald Trump warned on Monday that there would be a "big price to pay" for the suspected attack over the weekend, the United States circulated to the 15-member council a revised draft resolution to establish an worldwide inquiry, which it initially suggested on 1 March.

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