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Trump keeps everyone guessing on Syria attack- “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”
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WASHINGTON(TIP): US President Donald Trump cast doubt on Thursday, April 12, over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria in response to a reported poison gas attack, while France said it had proof of Syria’s guilt but needed to gather more information.
Fears of confrontation between Russia
and the West have been running high since Trump said a day earlier that
missiles “will be coming” after the suspected chemical weapons attack
in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, and lambasted Moscow for
standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Never said when an attack on Syria
would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!” the US
President said in his latest early morning tweet on Thursday, April 12.
Prime Minister Theresa May
recalled ministers from their Easter holiday to debate military action
over what she has cast as a barbaric poison gas attack in Douma, then
rebel-held, just east of the capital Damascus.
May has ordered British submarines to
move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the
Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night, London’s
Daily Telegraph newspaper said on April 11.
The BBC reported that May was ready to
give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action. She would
not seek approval from parliament, the BBC said. Opposition Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament must be consulted.
Parliament voted down British military
action against Assad’s government in 2013 in an embarrassment for May’s
predecessor, David Cameron. That then deterred the US. There were signs,
though, of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between
Russia and the West. The Kremlin said a crisis communications link with
the United States, created to avoid an accidental clash over Syria, was in use.
“The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent,” Britain’s Brexit
minister David Davis said, adding, “But also it’s a very, very delicate
circumstance and we’ve got to make this judgment on a very careful,
very deliberate, very well thought-through basis.” — Agencies
French President Emmanuel Macron said on
Thursday “we have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at
least chlorine, and that they were used by the Assad regime”. He said
they would decide whether to strike back when all necessary details has
Macron said during an interview on
France’s TF1 television said he was in daily contact with Trump and that
they would decide on their response “at a time of our choosing”
Keep US at peace: Carter to Prez
Expressing pride in his own record of
peace, former President Jimmy Carter has warned that President Donald
Trump should steer clear of any military action involving Syria or other
world hot spots and avoid a nuclear attack at all costs
“I pray that he would keep our country
at peace and not exaggerate or exacerbate the challenges that come up
with North Korea, in Russia or in Syria,” Carter said in an interview on
his new book — “Faith: A Journey for All”
A lifelong Democrat, Carter has been
critical of Trump, a Republican, on a number of fronts, and he said “a
lot of people” have “realized they made a mistake” supporting Trump. Yet
Carter made clear that his critique is not about the current occupant
of the Oval Office
Moscow to West: Consider consequences of Syria threats seriously
Moscow on Thursday called on the West to
“seriously consider” the consequences of threats against Syria after
the US and France said they would respond to an alleged chemical attack
“We call upon… members of the
international community to seriously consider the possible consequences
of such accusations, threats and especially action (against Syria),”
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
“Nobody has authorized Western leaders
to take on the role of global police-simultaneously investigator,
prosecution, judge and executor,” she said during a press briefing.