Distrust on US Syria warning
1 July, 2017
The White House issued late Monday night an ominous statement, warning about "potential preparations for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime" in Syria. If Assad conducts another chemical attack, the statement vowed, "he and his military will pay a heavy price."
Assad’s government vigorously denied the accusation, calling Trump’s statement a provocation. And in Russia, a close ally of Syria, a senior lawmaker accused the United States of using the declaration about chemical weapons to plan an attack on Syria.
American analysts also interpreted the US administration's warning as preparation for new war, or sharp escalaton of the US involvement in the existing conflict. American officials have declined to rate their level of confidence about whether a chemical attack is imminent, writes The New York Times. Military officials, who were initially caught off guard by Trump's adminisration statement, would not discuss what options they were considering, accoring to the newspaper.