WASHINGTON: We will respond quickly if Assad uses “chemical” again
The United States warned Tuesday that it would respond “quickly and appropriately” if it used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while preparing for an imminent attack on Idlib province that the United Nations said could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.
Let’s be clear,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. “If our regime leader Bashar al-Assad again chooses to use chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond quickly and appropriately.”
US President Donald Trump warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia on Monday to launch a “reckless attack” on Idlib province under the control of the armed opposition, saying hundreds of thousands could be killed.
The Russians and the Iranians will commit a serious human error by participating in this potential human tragedy,” Trump said in a tweet on Twitter.
“Hundreds of thousands of people may be killed, do not let this happen!”
On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Russian warplanes resumed air strikes on the Syrian province of Idlib under the control of the opposition after a 22-day stopover.
The observatory and the opposition source said the air strikes took lace in the countryside near Jisr al-Shughur at the western end of the opposition area in the north-west of the country.