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The White House warned strongman Bashar Assad that his regime would pay heavily for the slaughter of civilians.

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U.S. Has Seen Chemical Weapons Activity in Syria, Pentagon Says
JUNE 27, 2017 | WASHINGTON — President Trump has drawn a new red line for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, with American officials describing preparations at a Syrian air base for a chemical weapons assault as they sought Tuesday to bolster Mr. Trump’s threat to deter an attack.
But the administration elaborated little on the president’s unexpected, 87-word statement a night earlier that warned that Mr. Assad would “pay a heavy price” if he again released toxic gas on rebel-held territory, leaving lingering questions in Washington and in the Middle East about Mr. Trump’s intentions in Syria. American officials have declined to rate their level of confidence about whether a chemical attack is imminent or to say whether the administration has pursued diplomatic channels to stop it. Military officials, who were initially caught off guard by Monday night’s White House statement, would not discuss what options they were considering. Conversations with allies about the chemical weapons intelligence have been kept largely secret.

In previous administrations, debates about how best to deter atrocities have played out publicly around the world. President George W. Bush took months to argue his case — later proved to be flawed — about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. President Barack Obama offered detailed explanations about his deliberations on how to respond when Mr. Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1,400 people in 2013. On Tuesday, White House officials said only that Mr. Trump’s statement spoke for itself. That silence added to the uncertainty about whether a new military confrontation with Syria was looming just two months after Mr. Trump fired dozens of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian base, Al Shayrat airfield, after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.

Mr. Assad’s government vigorously denied the accusation of preparations for an attack, calling Mr. Trump’s statement a provocation. And in Russia, a close ally of Syria’s, a senior lawmaker accused the United States of using the declaration about chemical weapons to plan an attack on Syria. As if to punctuate his contempt for the Trump administration’s warning, Mr. Assad visited a Russian air base near Latakia in the western part of the country on Tuesday, accompanied by Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, the Russian military’s chief of staff. The Syrian news media, which reported the visit, distributed a video clip of Mr. Assad climbing into the cockpit of a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 parked at the base, where Russia has conducted many of its bombing operations to support the government’s side in the six-year civil war.

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Chemical Attack Warning Comes After Russia Laid Down Its Own Red Lines on Syria
June 27, 2017 – A White House warning late on Monday night about “potential preparations” by the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack comes at a particularly tense time in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad’s Russia ally a week ago effectively warned that it could shoot down U.S. aircraft there.
“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement, adding that the activities were similar to those taken by the regime before a deadly toxic gas attack in Idlib province on April 4. Spicer reiterated that U.S. forces are in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL). “If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” he said. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in a tweet added that Assad’s allies would be responsible too. “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people,” she tweeted.

In response to queries, Combined Joint Taskforce–Operation Inherent Resolve – the U.S.-led mission to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria – told it had “nothing to add to the WH statement.” There was no immediate reaction from the Assad regime or Moscow, although Russian state media reported briefly on the White House statement. Iran’s state-funded Press TV commented that the U.S. warning “risks sparking a major confrontation between parties to the Syrian conflict and complicating efforts aimed at resolving it.” “White House Threatens to Murder More Syrians Over Imaginary ‘Chemical Weapons Attacks’” ran a headline on a piece on Russia Insider, a site run by western expats in Russia.

Last April Trump ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase after accusing the regime of a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhun, Idlib province that killed more than 70 people. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal – people were shocked to hear what gas it was,” the president said before the airstrike. “That crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines.” The regime denied responsibility for the toxic gas attack, and Russia also disputed the claim. Both suggested other scenarios, including that the gas was released after a rebel chemical weapons storage facility was bombed, or that it was a false-flag operation designed to provide justification for U.S. military intervention. For its part, the Trump administration said it had high confidence that at least one munition containing sarin, a lethal gas, had been dropped from a regime Sukhoi Su-22 warplane.

Four days after two U.S. Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean targeted the Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawks, Spicer warned that fresh atrocities could bring further retaliation. “The sight of people being gassed and blown away by barrel bombs ensures that if we see this kind of action again, we hold open the possibility of future action,” he told reporters on April 10. After the airstrike, Russia and Iran warned that any further such action against their ally in Damascus would cross their own “red lines,” according to a Reuters report. “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines,” the pro-Assad alliance said in a joint statement. “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.” More recently, Russia laid down another red line in Syria.

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