Skip to comments.After Syria attack, U.S. and Russia tensions rise but fears ease of wider military confrontation
Posted on 04/14/2018 7:21:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Western leaders warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further missile strikes if chemical weapons are used again, while the pre-dawn attacks were denounced by Damascus and its backers as illegal actions that would carry repercussions.
But one major worry appeared to ease: That the coordinated attacks by the United States, France and Britain late Friday could have set off a direct confrontation with Syrias most powerful military partner, Russia.
At the Pentagon, the director of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said the more than 100 missile strikes delivered a blow to the heart of Syrias chemical weapons network. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained residual capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left.
There was, however, a wider sense of relief that the strikes on three targets believed to be research and storage cogs in Syrians chemical weapons production had not caused Russian casualties, which could have led to a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow.
McKenzie confirmed there was no Russia response and said Syrian air defenses had no material effect on the incoming barrage. Earlier, Russian officials said some missiles were intercepted by the Soviet-made antimissile batteries used by Syrian forces.
The rhetoric from Syrias backers was harsh.
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Putin isn’t going to do anything about Trump’s strike and everyone knows it. Peace through strength still rules.
OK, that works
The 50 IQ Soros apes at the WP wouldn’t recognize Kabuki theatre if it was baked into a pie and shoved down their throats.
President Trump performed brilliantly.
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