U.S. ready to hit Syrian chemical weapons

Courtesy MGN

Mr Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian air base last April in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on rebel areas.

The Trump administration on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of producing and using new chemical weapons despite committing to abolish its program in 2013, and insisted the world must find a way to stop it.

If the worldwide community does not act quickly to step up pressure on Assad, Syria's chemical weapons could spread beyond Syria and possibly even to the United States, one of the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russian Federation recently has been singled out for allowing Syria room to maneuver.

The officials weren't authorized to speak on the record and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

Previous attacks on January 22 and January 13 caused symptoms consistent with chemical exposure in more than two dozen civilians.

"Deterrence is something that you have to continually work at", said the second official.

More news: Union Budget: Affordable housing fund to help better capital access

The weapons are also a means, the officials said, to strike fear among residents of opposition-controlled areas, possibly with the goal of reshaping the demographic makeup of those zones and deterring the return of refugees who may oppose the government.

The news came shortly after scientists for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said they had linked samples from the 2013 attack to the Assad government's stockpile, suggesting the government had been behind the attack all along.

If substantiated, the attacks would provide proof that Syria has retained a stockpile after an global deal, reached in 2013 after a chemical attack, to remove banned munitions from Syria.

The Assad regime on Thursday attacked a residential suburb of Damascus with chlorine gas, according to the White Helmets, a pro-opposition Syrian civil defense agency.

More recent attacks have involved both chlorine, which has non-warfare uses and is easier to acquire, and the more sophisticated chemical sarin, the officials said. The officials say the militants are using shells or improvised explosive devices to deliver the chemicals.

Barrel bombs used earlier in the war to disperse chemicals indiscriminately, for example, have been replaced by ground-launched munitions, officials said.

Related News:

  • Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, United Kingdom  figures reveal

    Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, United Kingdom figures reveal

    And she said that doctors routinely test the tumors of patients to assess the cancer's risk of recurrence. Knowing a woman's history of breast cancer treatment can be crucial when treating her heart.
    Best Things Google Assistant Can Do

    Best Things Google Assistant Can Do

    For example, you could say "Hey Google, what channel airs The Flash " or "Hey Google, when does The Flash air next". You can now use your Google Home speaker as an alarm to wake up to your favorite song and look up TV programming.

    Showtime boss says 'there's a chance' Floyd Mayweather could fight in UFC

    With McGregor not competing for some time, the UFC's lightweight division has seen quite a bit of turnover. However, the all-time great boxer generally struggles to stay out of the spotlight for too long.
  • Locusts Could Destroy World Cup Pitches

    Locusts Could Destroy World Cup Pitches

    An employee in Russia's agriculture ministry warned Wednesday a plague of locusts might destroy grass fields at World Cup stadiums in the host nation. "The whole world is coming to us".
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Stock Falls Following Q4 Earnings

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Stock Falls Following Q4 Earnings

    It improved, as 21 investors sold AINV shares while 44 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 271 raised stakes. Lingohr & Partner Asset Management Gmbh sold 3,371 shares as the company's stock rose 10.08% with the market.
    Matchmaking in Monster Hunter

    Matchmaking in Monster Hunter

    If the fixes work as intended, the patch should be good news for players wanting to group up with their friends while on the hunt. The Monster Hunter World 1.03 patch is here, bringing with it some changes for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.
  • Oil prices jump on statistics of drilling rigs in US

    Oil prices jump on statistics of drilling rigs in US

    It highlights that OPEC on the aggregate reduced imports by a total of ~180 million barrels (meeelion barrels) past year . As a result, the slowdown in USA exports could create an additional factor sup-porting fuel prices in the short term.
    Research reveals that Polar bears are running out of food

    Research reveals that Polar bears are running out of food

    Our findings reinforce the physiological challenges that polar bears face as sea ice shrinks and becomes increasingly fragmented. The five circumpolar states with polar bears said in 2015 that they would do more to protect their polar bear populations.
    Far Cry 5 season pass contents detailed by Ubisoft

    Far Cry 5 season pass contents detailed by Ubisoft

    The season pass for Far Cry 5 includes three different side stories all appearing to be based on popular films from the 1980s. All three experiences stand in stark contrast to Far Cry 5's controversial take on right-wing extremism in rural Montana.
  • India Finance Minister Strikes Stern Tone on Cryptos in Budget Speech

    India Finance Minister Strikes Stern Tone on Cryptos in Budget Speech

    Jaitley added that the government would "explore use of blockchain technology proactively for ushering in digital economy". This announcement from Jaitley comes after months of speculation over the future of cryptocurrencies in India.
    New York State Inmates Will Receive Free Tablets While Serving Time

    New York State Inmates Will Receive Free Tablets While Serving Time

    The tablets also can be used to send and receive emails to and from approved family members and friends, officials said. The equipment will be provided free of charge by JPay, a Florida-based jail services company, according to the state.
    Trinamool wrests Noapara, leads in Uluberia in Bengal

    Trinamool wrests Noapara, leads in Uluberia in Bengal

    TMC's Sajda Ahmed won Uluberia Lok Sabha seat by beating her nearest rival BJP's Anupam Mallick by over 4.74 lakh vote. West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) took over the Congress to win the Noapara Assembly seat.


Most liked

The 7 best movies about Groundhog Day
No cable provider is necessary, but the Groundhog Day website recommends a strong internet connection. Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced that the rodent weather prognosticator saw his shadow.

Flu cases still high
Cuomo issued an executive order allowing pharmacists to give flu shots to children between the ages 2 and 18. Symptoms of influenza are similar to cold symptoms, but come on more swiftly and are more pronounced.

Coffee may come with warning labels in CA
Among them are BP West Coast Products, which operates gas stations and convenience stores; Yum Yum Donuts; and 7-Eleven stores. If no settlement is reached during the February 8 mediation session, a judge will make a decision later this year.

Budget 2018: Smartphones to cost more as import duty increased to 20%
In a bid to boost Make in India initiative, the Government has hiked the customs duty of imported smartphones to 20%. It remains to be seen as to whether companies will migrate to India if the customs duty of mobile phones is hiked.

Man found guilty of fatal London mosque terror attack

U.S. missile defense test reportedly fails
The United States did successfully intercept a missile off the west coast during a test launch in August of past year . The agency normally puts out a press release and video after a successful test.

Mourinho mocks Jones' own-goal: Harry Kane would have been proud
The defence was great - Jan [Vertonghen] and Davinson [Sanchez] - and the whole team just played well. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino added: "We always try to be aggressive from the beginning".

Vice President says GOP will defy expectations in mid-term elections
The Republicans were en route to their retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to strategize for the upcoming year. Using the hash tag #JoeVotedNo, Pence tweeted , "in WV a few months ago & I spoke to the WV Chamber of Commerce".

Robert Wagner Considered a "Person of Interest" in Natalie Wood's Death
Sheriff's department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says there is nothing new with the case and played down the comments Thursday. In 1969, Wood married British film agent and director Richard Gregson and the pair had a daughter together.

PayPal Earnings Beat, 2018 Guidance Disappoints, Shares Fall
The process involves spotting the amount of risk involved and either accepting or mitigating the risk linked with an investment. Technical Analysis is the forecasting of future financial price movements based on an examination of past price movements.

Buckingham Capital Management Inc. Has $2.92 Million Stake in Celgene Co. (CELG)
The biopharmaceutical company reported $1.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.09. Wells Fargo maintained the stock with "Outperform" rating in Friday, December 4 report. 132,934 are owned by Credit Agricole S A.

QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM) Stake Decreased by Payden & Rygel
The stock of QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, November 14 by RBC Capital Markets. Bernstein reissued a "market perform" rating on shares of QUALCOMM in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th.

Kimmel's Guillermo trolls Tom Brady, Patriots at Super Bowl opening night
I obviously enjoy the experience of playing in this (Super Bowl) game. Brady knows how to lead a team out of a hole and back to victory.

Team: Did taxpayer money fund any part of Mayor Barry's affair?
She said that their relationship was over after conversations with their spouses and the realization that it would become public. In a news release, the mayor said she accepts full responsibility for the pain she caused her family and the family of Sgt.

German FM lashes out at Israel over two-state solution
He condemned Trump's decision to withhold tens of millions of dollars in aid to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.