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

06:51  11 april  2018
06:51  11 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Trump says he'll decide response to suspected gas attack in Syria within 48 hours

  Trump says he'll decide response to suspected gas attack in Syria within 48 hours President Trump on Monday said that he will make a "major decision" on a response to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed scores of people -- "a barbaric act," he called it -- over the next 24 to 48 hours. "It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible," Trump told reporters who were briefly brought into the room ahead of his Cabinet meeting at the White House. "This is about humanity and it can't be allowed to happen." Of the weekend attack near Damascus, the president added, "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran,"It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible," Trump told reporters who were briefly brought into the room ahead of his Cabinet meeting at the White House.

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. 

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.

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!" 

Trump says Syria attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all"

  Trump says Syria attack U.S. President Donald Trump amended on Thursday an earlier warning of a swift military strike against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians, saying it "could be very soon or not so soon at all.""Never said when an attack on Syria would take place," Trump wrote on Twitter.

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. 

Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer' .
A survivor of a Syrian chemical attack in 2013 wants to buy President Donald Trump a beer to share his experience on the conditions in the country. Kassem Eid, who told CNN's Ana Cabrera he lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the Syrian government, said he was glad the President has attempted to do something for the Syrian people. "I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government," Eid said.

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