DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:45 A.M.) – On Thursday evening, two US Navy battleships were put on high-alert in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as Donald Trump was set to met with military advisors in Florida on Friday in response to a recent chemical massacre in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib.
According to a report, the USS Ross and USS Porter guided-missile destroyers neared the coast of Syria in what appears to be a drastic escalation.
In a press conference this evening, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “steps are underway” on an international coalition to pressure Bashar Assad from power, as President Trump was being briefed on military options for Syria.
America’s top diplomat addressed the Syria crisis a day after Trump declared in the Rose Garden that the chemical strike would not be tolerated.
Tillerson pointedly said Russia should “consider carefully” its support for the Syrian government, while calling for an international effort to defeat ISIS in Syria, stabilize the country and ultimately work with partners through a political process that leads to Assad leaving power.
On Thursday, McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a joint statement asserting that “the latest use of chemical weapons” requires action, calling for Trump to take out Syria’s air force.
Over 200 Syrian soldiers were either killed or wounded by US airstrikes on Deir Ezzor city back in September, 2016.
The supposedly mistaken air raid enabled an ISIS advance hours later. Two months later, the heavy loss of army personell led to Deir Ezzor city being cutoff from its airbase, thus creating two government pockets in eastern Syria.