Syrian Army Vows to Give Crushing Response to US, Allies Possible Threats against Damascus
The Syrian Armed Forces have been put on high alert by the General Command since Tuesday midnight to confront any possible attack by the trilateral coalition of Washington, London and Paris forces, the sources said.
They went on to say that the entire military bases and airports in Damascus city and its countryside, in the provinces of Sweida, Homs, Hama, Tartus, Lattakia and Deir Ezzur have been placed on alert.
According to the latest military report from the coastal province of Lattakia, the Syrian Air Force and their air defense teams have been ordered by their central command to stay on high alert until further notice.
The US, Britain and France have threatened Damascus of heavy attack following a false-flag chemical attack in Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
Other sources, meantime, reported a rise in the US and its allies’ military movements at Syria’s borders, adding that a number of the US warplanes flew over Iraq-Syria border region last night.
Also, the US and French warplanes flew over Jordan.
The US navy announced that the US combat fleet of USS Harry S. Truman left its base in Norfolk port in Virginia for Western Asia and Europe on Wednesday.
Russia has warned against any possible attack on Syria by the US and its western allies, threatening to give a crushing response to the attackers.
In a relevant development on Tuesday the Russian military, deployed in an airbase in Western Syria, placed its pilots on alert on Tuesday after reports said a US warship arrived in Syrian waters in preparation for a likely missile attack on the war-hit country.
The Russian A-50 fighter jets started to fly over the Syrian coastal provinces of Lattakia and Tartus following reports on deployment of the US navy’s Donald Cock Striker near the Syrian Tartus port in Eastern Mediterranean Sea and a possible missile attack by the striker on the Syrian territory.
Based on reports, the Donald Cock destroyer carries a sum of 60 Tomahawk missiles and is capable of using them to target Syria’s soil any time.
Unofficial reports said several Russian jets conducted warning drills near the US Striker to shoo it away from the regional waters and the American vessel retreated from Syrian waters to Israeli coastal region.
US President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the its will be soon clear that the false-flag chemical attack on the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta was carried out by Iran, Russian or Syria, adding that the US will decided how to react about the chemical attack on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The US President has also met with military commanders over a possible “forceful response” to alleged chemical attacks in Syria.
His statements echoed earlier remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis. When asked by a reporter if the US was considering military strikes against Syria, Mattis replied that he “would not rule out anything right now.”
On Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter that there would be a “big price to pay” for the alleged attack.
The US and its allied have not thus far been able of proving that the Douma chemical incident was down by the Syrian Army or Damascus’ allies.
In the meantime, the Russian Defense ministry announced that it did not find any evidence of chemical attack on Douma in its investigations.
On Saturday, some rebel-linked groups, including the White Helmets, accused the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical attack that, allegedly, affected dozens of civilians in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma. The reports already provoked a wave of outrage in the West, as the US and the EU rushed to put the blame for the incident on Damascus and Moscow.
Syria and Russia have dismissed the accusations and called the reports fake news, aimed at helping the militants and at justifying potential strikes against Syrian forces.
In a statement on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said two Israeli F-15s had fired eight guided missiles at the T-4 airfield, but five rockets were shot down by Syrian air-defense systems.
It added that the Israeli aircraft did not enter Syrian airspace and launched the strikes while flying over Lebanon.
The Arabic service of RT news channel quoted a Syrian military source as saying on Monday that Israel was running full cooperation and coordination with the US in airstrikes on T4 airbase in Homs province.
The Arabic RT reported that the recent Israeli attack would not be launched without full coordination with the US.
He also dismissed as sheer lies the Israeli claims that its attacks on T4 are due to the presence of the Iranian forces, noting that the real reason is that Tel Aviv is aware of the possibilities and quality of equipment used at the airbase and is attempting to wear off Damascus’ capabilities by destructive moves, given the fact that the crisis in Syria is ending.
The source said that interception of 5 out of 8 missiles fired at T4 shows the defense capabilities of the airbase, adding that the Israeli fighter jets are no more willing to enter the Syrian airspace after an F-16 warplane was shot down by Syria over a month ago.
Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4. It gave no further details.
Several Israeli ministers accused Damascus of launching chemical attack in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, and called for the US army attack on Syrian army’s strongholds.
In April 2017, the US Navy fired a sum of 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria’s al-Sha’eirat base in Homs province under the pretext of a false-flag chemical attack by terrorist groups on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib.