Syrian Update–13Apr17

Until this situation dies down I will be providing daily updates on the Syrian situation…hopefully it will help my readers stay abreast of the noise flowing from the MSM…….

THis is the press briefing giving by the admin on 11Apr17…….get their side of the story……

Source: Background Press Briefing on Syria, 4/11/2017 | whitehouse.gov
The White House accused the Russian government on Tuesday of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack last week by Syrian forces that prompted American missile strikes, saying that United States intelligence and numerous contemporaneous reports confirmed that the Syrians used sarin gas on their own people. – New York Times

The suspected sarin gas attack in Syria last week revealed one of the worst-kept secrets in international diplomacy: A 2013 deal brokered by Russia and the U.S. failed to cripple the Assad regime’s ability to make or use chemical weapons. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The Trump administration’s effort to underscore its certainty that Syria carried out a chemical weapons attack has demonstrated a potential new U.S. policy: The use of nerve agents like sarin will prompt a military response, even if it’s less certain that unleashing other chemical weapons, such as chlorine, will. – Washington Post’s Checkpoint

Defense Secretary James Mattis made clear Tuesday that the Trump administration has “no doubt” the Bashar al-Assad regime launched last week’s chemical attack in Syria that killed more than 80 civilians, including children. – Washington Free Beacon

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airfield last week were a one-off mission to deter chemical attacks and should not lead to a broader confrontation with Russia. – DOD Buzz

Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly press the United Nations to officially investigate last week’s chemical attack in Syria, claiming, without evidence, that there are plans to fake the use of chemical weapons. – The Hill

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says there is no future for Syria under President Bashar Assad, arguing the Russians should work with the United States to depose the leader. – The Hill

GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) are urging President Trump to step up U.S. military activity against Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of last week’s airstrike. – The Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday cast doubt on Russia’s ability police the actions of the Syrian government, saying he believes Russia is “complicit” in the Assad regime’s atrocities. – The Hill

The top Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday that his caucus is worried President Trump’s actions in Syria could lead to another open-ended major military fight for U.S. troops in the region and that “any further action should come to Congress” for approval. – Military Times

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) on Tuesday defended his decision to back a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base after opposing military action in Syria under former President Obama. – The Hill

Donald Trump said the US would not enter the Syrian civil war, in a bid to clarify his policy in the wake of confusion that followed his missile strike on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. – Financial Times

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces are intensifying attacks on rebel areas, days after the US fired a salvo of missiles at one of the regime’s main airbases, according to opposition activists. – Financial Times

Preparations began on Tuesday to evacuate the Shi’ite populations of two Syrian towns in exchange for moving Sunni rebels and civilians out of two others in a deal between the warring sides, a monitor and a pro-government commander said. – Reuters

The U.N. Security Council could vote as early as Wednesday on a push by the United States, Britain and France to bolster support for international inquiries into a deadly toxic gas attack in Syria, diplomats said, a move Russia had deemed unacceptable and unwarranted. – Reuters
Editorial: A more modest goal for U.S. diplomacy would be to agree with Russia on a de facto partition of Syria into zones controlled by the regime, Western-backed rebels and Kurds, with a long-term cease-fire imposed on all sides. Russia could meanwhile round up and dispose of the chemical stocks that the Assad regime still retains. That would, at least, spare Syrian civilians from further atrocities and allow for a concentration of military efforts against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. But as Mr. Kerry could tell Mr. Tillerson, even that won’t fly with Mr. Putin unless the United States is willing to show greater resolve. – Washington Post

Frederic Hof writes: Until a strategy for accomplishing those objectives is blessed by the president and implemented, one salient fact should guide American policy vis-à-vis Bashar al-Assad: with civilians on the regime bullseye, nothing good politically can happen in terms of resolving Syria’s armed conflict. If Assad is permitted to return to business as usual – mass homicide but (for a while, at least) without chemicals – children will die, extremists will prosper, and Syria will hemorrhage people. Russia, Iran, and Assad will not like it, but the free ride for mass murder must end. – Atlantic Council

Philip Gordon writes: The problem is that Russia knows exactly what it is doing, and it is highly determined to keep on doing it. As the Trump administration looks to change Moscow’s calculus, it had better understand that it will take a lot more than a single set of missile strikes to do so. – Washington Post

Vali Nasr writes: In Moscow this week, Tillerson has the opportunity to explain that the United States could strike again, and insist that Putin tightly control Assad’s actions, while also agreeing to a new U.S.-led diplomatic effort whose success alone could avert further U.S. action in Syria. Leading this process would bolster American standing in the region and across the world, and also curtail Russian ambition. Tillerson now has an opportunity to lay out a diplomatic plan for ending one of the most devastating conflicts of our time. – The Atlantic
Bassma Kodmani writes: It is only with a political transition that we can achieve a secure, democratic Syria. We do not want imposed regime change. We do not want a vacuum. We want the conditions for Syrians to be able to decide their future. To get there, we want the United States — in concert with others — to lay the foundations that will compel the regime to abandon its military strategy. This will enable us to secure a peace deal. We are ready to do our part — now we need the United States and allies to do theirs. – Washington Post

If anything breaks before the next update then I shall bring you the news as I get it…..educate yourselves!

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4 thoughts on “Syrian Update–13Apr17

  1. Syria is a power-keg ready to explode. The airstrike was just the beginning and this is all going to get a lot worse, at least I think so. Nothing good ever comes from regime change; history has plenty of examples to back that up.

  2. The more ‘thoughtful’ news reports here are beginning to suggest that a world war is unlikely, following recent events in Syria. They highlight Putin’s domestic problems in Russia, his concerns about Muslim Fundamentalists in his own country, and the unstable alliance he has with Iran. Many suggested that Russia might have already had a belly-full of its involvement in Syria, and could be looking for an exit strategy.
    I’m undecided, but it’s sometimes good to get a less hysterical view.
    Regards, Pete.

    1. Putin has his problems but he will not give an inch to the US and its allies…..he will go down in flames first….a world war is brewing but all efforts are being tried to prevent it….the US is just too damn stupid to join the attempt….chuq

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