U.S. Will Respond “Swiftly” If Assad Uses Chemical Weapons: White House

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 09/04/2018

update: The White House has issued a statement Tuesday afternoon after Russia is reported to have begun a bombing campaign over Idlib Province earlier in the day.

The United States warns it will “respond swiftly and appropriately” if Syrian government forces use chemical weapons during their Idlib operations.

According to the statement: “President Donald J. Trump has warned that such an attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic conflict and would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its Allies will respond swiftly and appropriately.”

This significantly ups the ante concerning possible military escalation in Syria, and the potential for continued Western intervention in the conflict.

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lt doesn’t appear that Syrian and Russian forces are overly concerned with the Monday evening threats from both President Trump and Nikki Haley warning Assad and Russia against attacking Idlib Province, as Middle East sources now report that Russia has resumed an intense air campaign over Idlib for the first time in 22 days.

Beirut-based Al Masdar News reports, citing Syrian military sources, the Russian Air Force has begun its largest bombing campaign of the year in the Idlib Governorate.

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