12 April 2018Hot off the Press
Britain, France, and the US appear ready to respond to the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7, with British submarines moving within striking range of Syria, and US President Donald Trump warning Russia that missiles “will be coming”.
UK submarines are reported to have entered striking range within Syrian territory on the orders of British Prime Minister Theresa May. Reports are emerging that strikes could begin as early as Thursday night.
There is speculation Ms May plans to order action against the Syrian Government without first seeking approval from Parliament.
The response comes after at least 70 people were killed in a chemical attack on Douma last week, which is suspected to have been executed by the Syrian Government.
President Trump announced via Twitter that missiles “will be coming” and that an attack on Syria is imminent.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Prime Minister May told told reporters yesterday: “All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and we will be working with our closest allies on how we can assure that those who are responsible are held to account, and how we can prevent and deter humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future.”
Tensions have been heightened even further after Russia remained firm; with Valery Gerasimov, head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, warning Russia’s air defence systems would shoot down any missiles fired at Syria.
Both the Syrian and Russian governments have denied any use of chemical weapons, dismissing the accusations of a government-sanctioned chemical attack as a “fabrication.”
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said the Australian Government will support US action against the Assad regime.
Ms Bishop told ABC: “I am not going to comment on US military actions. But if the United States does carry out an airstrike in response to this use of chemical weapons against citizens then Australia would support any action that is targeted, calibrated and proportionate.”