Missiles coming to Syria – Trump
United States President Donald Trump warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria
United States President Donald Trump warned Russia yesterday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected gas attack, declaring that missiles will be coming and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Trump was reacting to a warning from Russia on Tuesday that any US missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and launch sites targeted.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“You shouldn’t be partners with a gas-killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow’s alliance with Assad.
In response, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post “smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government”.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said any US missile strike could be an attempt to destroy evidence of the reported gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, for which Damascus and Moscow have denied any responsibility.
In Damascus, the foreign ministry accused the US, which has supported some rebel groups in the Syrian civil war, of using fabrications and lies as an excuse to hit its territory.
“We are not surprised by such a thoughtless escalation by a regime like the United States regime, which sponsored terrorism in Syria and still does,” the state news agency SANA cited an official source in the ministry as saying.
After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there – Jaish al-Islam – finally agreed to withdraw. That sealed a major victory for Assad in the war, crushing a protracted rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.
White House officials did not reply to a request for more detail on Trump’s remarks. The US Defence Department said it “does not comment on potential future military actions”.
Trump’s decision to disclose his decision to strike as well as the kind of weaponry to be used in a future military operation is likely to frustrate military planners, who hold such information closely.
He had repeatedly said he would not telegraph military moves towards foes. – Reuters