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Multi Nation Taskforce Takes Out Syrian Chemical Weapon Sites UPDATE: Russia Responds
04-14-2018, 04:49 AM #1
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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A number of nations have now struck Syria in retaliation for chemical weapon attacks on civilians.

Trump announced the strikes in an address to the nation Friday evening. “The purpose of our action tonight is to establish a strong deterrent” against the production and use of chemical weapons, he said, describing the issue as vital to national security. Trump added that the United States is prepared “to sustain this response” until its aims are met.

Trump asked both Russia and Iran, backers of Assad, “what kind of nation wants to be associated” with mass murder and suggested that someday the United States might be able to “get along” with both if they change their policies.

The assault followed repeated threats of military action from Trump, who has been moved by civilian suffering to set aside his concerns about foreign military conflicts, since the reported chemical attack that killed civilians in a rebel-held town outside Damascus last weekend.

The operation capped nearly a week of debate in which Pentagon leaders voiced concerns that an attack could pull the United States into Syria’s civil war and trigger a dangerous conflict with Assad ally Russia — without necessarily halting chemical attacks.

Both Syria and Russia have denied involvement in the attack, which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov alleged had been staged.

The episode is the latest illustration of the hazards arising from a conflict that has killed an estimated half-million people and drawn in world powers since it began as a peaceful uprising in 2011.

The attack raised the possibility of retaliation by Russia or Iran, which also provides military support to Assad, threatening in particular to increase the risks facing a force of 2,000 Americans in Syria, as part of the battle against the Islamic State. While the United States has not been at war with the Syrian government, U.S. troops often operate in proximity to Iranian- or Russian-backed groups.

In the wake of last weekend’s gruesome attack, some U.S. officials advocated a larger, and therefore riskier, strike than the limited action Trump ordered in April 2017, also in response to suspected chemical weapons use.

That attack involved 59 Tomahawk missiles fired from two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea. It fulfilled Trump’s vow that chemical weapons are a “red line” that he, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, would not allow Assad to cross. But the airfield targeted by the Pentagon resumed operations shortly after the attack and, according to Western intelligence assessments, chemical attacks resumed.

Assad’s defiance has presented Trump with a choice of whether to make a larger statement and incur a larger risk this time. Planning for these strikes focused on ways to curb Assad’s ability to use such weapons again.

Risks of a wider attack include the possibility of a dangerous escalation with Russia, whose decision to send its military to Syria in 2015 reversed the course of the war in Assad’s favor. Since then, Russia has used Syria as a testing ground for some of its most sophisticated weaponry.

More @ cnbc.com

Edited to reflect 50% or less of original article  -  Strigoi

UPDATE:

Quote:Russia Responds: "We Are Being Threatened. A Predesigned Scenario Is Being Implemented"

Russia's ambassador to the US, Anataloy Antonov, posted on Facebook:

The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.

pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.

The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.

More: zerohedge.com
04-14-2018, 05:21 AM #2
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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welpper ,,,,,, it is Friday the thirteenth isn't it ? chuckle.gif

oh fekk this worlds ignorance . rofl.gif

I'm going to Colorado , and this shit breaks in on my Happiness ,,
04-14-2018, 11:00 AM #3
Strigoi Diavolul
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damned.gif Lets hope this all ends right here. *crossing fingers*

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04-14-2018, 11:13 AM #4
Random German Guy Incognito
 
I have a shitty feeling about this.
04-14-2018, 11:58 AM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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blink.gif  Glad it's spring... just in case.

I'm really conflicted about this. Where did the evidence come from all of the sudden?

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04-14-2018, 12:18 PM #6
Strigoi Diavolul
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Wasn't it just yesterday "Nikki" Haley was saying there was not evidence for this?

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04-14-2018, 12:20 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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This is shit style!

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04-14-2018, 12:22 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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04-14-2018, 12:24 PM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Sounds like a bunch of...

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04-14-2018, 12:26 PM #10
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Just yesterday the Russians were claiming the chemical attack was staged.

I wonder how people are going to feel about another war.

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
04-14-2018, 12:38 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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(04-14-2018, 12:26 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  Just yesterday the Russians were claiming the chemical attack was staged.

I wonder how people are going to feel about another war.


04-14-2018, 12:44 PM #12
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(04-14-2018, 12:26 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  Just yesterday the Russians were claiming the chemical attack was staged.

I wonder how people are going to feel about another war.

At some point they will strike back. This fuckin' cowboy diplomacy is dangerous as fuck.

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04-14-2018, 12:51 PM #13
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Yup. Every country needs to flush their swamps and start over with all new leaders and outlawed lobbyists.

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
04-14-2018, 12:54 PM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif the deep state is like herpes.

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04-14-2018, 02:56 PM #15
Richie Incognito
 
I'm not feeling very good about any of this.



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