The Pentagon and White House administration officials are considering airstrikes against key Syrian government and military targets, a move which could mean war with Syrian Leader Bashar al Assad’s allies, Russia and China.
A suspected chemical attack in Douma, one of the few remaining towns held by rebel forces, presented Moscow with dire predictions that widescale disaster would surely follow if Washington launched airstrikes in response. Putin has stated that a regime change would leave a power vacuum that would almost certainly lead to ISIS-affiliated extremists controlling Syria, and waging genocide against the country’s Christian population, who have only known peace from persecution since Assad came to power.
Russian officials deny claims that their Syrian allies used a chemical agent that resulted in the deaths of dozens of Syrians. It is important to note that the rebel forces in Douma consist of ISIS-backed forces, which Assad has repeatedly accused of killing their own in an effort to further destabilize the region and garner military support from the West.
As U.S. forces plan airstrikes and to potentially put more troops in the region along the Iraqi border, French President Emmanuel Macron has placed French Air Force fighters based at Saint-Dizier-Robinson air base on high alert, in preparation for joint operations with U.S. coalition forces against Assad, as reported by Le Figaro. Civilian airlines have since been advised to avoid Syrian airspace for the next 48 hours, a clear indication that airstrikes will be carried out during that corridor.
In response, Chinese warships in the Mediterranean have been ordered by Chinese Communist Party leaders to join the Russian navy in the event of an attack on Assad forces in Syria, sending a strong message to Washington and Paris that Beijing will support the Kremlin in defending the Assad regime against US-led attacks. The ships in the two fleets vary from destroyers to carriers, and have missile payloads comparable to Tomahawk cruise missiles, capable of striking U.S. forces, both on the ground and at sea.
Meanwhile, the Syrian military and Russian forces in the region have scrambled fighters and readied anti-aircraft defenses in preparation for the increasing likelihood of airstrikes carried out by the U.S. and France, as well as warning that any unauthorized aircraft in Syrian airspace will be shot down, as well as any missiles fired at Assad targets. President Trump responded with a tweet stating, “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!” Perhaps this is another bold move in the President’s favorite game: 4D interdimensional backgammon.
Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military scholar and a member of the Defense Ministry’s public advisory council, said:
Trump has to understand that we’re going to be talking about the possibility of nuclear escalation if we have a collision of the U.S. and Russian militaries.
Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov stated last month that the Russian military and FSB had obtained intel showing the U.S. was planning to orchestrate a faked chemical attack in Syria, and use it as a justification for military intervention in the form of airstrikes and targeting Assad forces with missiles. At the time of his statements, he warned that Russia would respond by destroying aircraft and missile launchers responsible for carrying out such attacks.
Russia has adamantly denied the authenticity of Washington’s official narrative on the attack in Douma, as well as the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy-turned MI6 informant Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a toxic nerve agent in England last month.
“The U.S. declared economic war on us, they also declared diplomatic war, and everything now indicates that they want to test our armed forces in a local conflict,” said Russian lawmaker Igor Morozov.
Looks like all those hours spent playing Fallout are finally going to pay off.