World "Window is closing" for response in Syria, military analyst says

06:51  11 april  2018
06:51  11 april  2018 Source:   CBS News

Direct clash between US, Russia in Syria unlikely: analysts

  Direct clash between US, Russia in Syria unlikely: analysts With Donald Trump weighing strikes on Syria but Moscow warning of "grave repercussions" to any military action, an escalation seems increasingly likely even as analysts play down a direct clash between Russia and the US. Washington has promised a "forceful" response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on Saturday that killed at least 40 people in Douma, the last rebel outpost in the Syrian capital. But the Syrian regime and its backers in Moscow have denied a chemical attack took place, with Russian officials insisting the claims are a pretext to justify further intervention by the West.

Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, said Trump’s administration needs to figure out what its long-term goal is in Syria as it weighs its military options. She described a few potential military responses

US Military analysts have been up all night at the Pentagon and President Trump confirms he has been in for response with those assets to US forces. Russia Intel Source tells me precautionary measures are being taken in Russia says IT will respond militarily to an american attack. Sources in contact with the Pentagon tell me Target Selection for Syria is complete.

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The U.S. has a number of actions in responding to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, but it's a more difficult challenge than "just kind of firing ready, aim here," said CBS News Radio military analyst Mike Lyons. But most importantly, Mr. Trump's "got to be careful not to get goaded into doing something that's not in the best interest of the United States," Lyons told CBSN's Meg Oliver Tuesday.

"I think as more time is going on, that window is closing for some kind of response that's going to make any difference on the ground," Lyons said, noting that it still needs to be proven if it was a chemical attack. 

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Still, some analysts say the quick jitters over Trump’s Syria decision are overblown – especially when the diminutive nature of the US deployment to Syria is considered. Even as Trump urges Syria exit, the military says it’s not finished with ISIS.

Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, said Trump's administration needs to figure out what its long-term goal is in Syria as it weighs its military options. She described a few potential military responses

Reports out of Syria suggest dozens of people were killed in rebel stronghold Douma, near Damascus, on Saturday in attack using chemical weapons.  Initial reports from the humanitarian group known as the White Helmets and Syrian American Medical Society indicated that chlorine gas might have been the agent used.

U.S. airstrike in Syria would send a message to Russia, Iran

Last year, the U.S. launched 59 tomahawk missiles on a Syrian base that was believed to have launched a chemical attack. Lyons called that response "small" and recommended Mr. Trump think "through whether he wants a tactical response, something quick on the ground, or he's got to think through the strategy hopefully involving our allies."

The U.S. is still trying to determine what happened in Syria. Mr. Trump, though, tweeted on Sunday "many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!" 

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The United States is weighing a multinational military response to the suspected Syrian poison gas attack, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, as She said Syria might have tipped its hand as to how it would respond to a limited U.S. strike earlier on Monday, when Syrian air defense systems shot

Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, said Trump's administration needs to figure out what its long-term goal is in Syria as it weighs its military options. She described a few potential military responses

International chemical watchdog groups are on their way into Syria, but Lyons warned that it could be difficult to find remnants of the alleged attack. "It's hard to make a chemical weapons strike – in most cases, they've come out of helicopters, or planes – you don't want a rocket delivery because it endangers the crew," Lyons said. 

Lyons said the U.S. is searching for that "Cuban Missile Crisis moment, where they show the world that Russia is involved." But, he cautioned, Russia will most likely deny any involvement, and the longer the wait for a response, the less likely remnants will be around. 

Schumer says Trump strikes 'appropriate,' warns against greater involvement in Syria .
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that President Trump's decision to mount a military strike on Syria was "appropriate," but warned against deepening the United States' involvement in the wartorn country."A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syr ia," Schumer said in a statement.Schumer's comments came shortly after Trump announced that the U.S.

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