THE HATEFUL EIGHT Donald Trump is planning to blitz these eight targets in Syria as US says it has PROOF Assad ordered nerve agent attack

Two Syrian airfields, a research centre and a chemical weapons facility are said to be targets, sources claim

13 April 2018 - 08:16

DONALD Trump is lining up an all-out blitz on up to EIGHT targets in Syria - after US officials said they had proof Bashar al Assad gassed his own people.

Sources in the US last night claimed America was considering striking a number of sites including two Syrian airfields, a research centre and a chemical weapons facility.

 These bases may be targeted by US-led airstrikes
 
These bases may be targeted by US-led airstrikes

The revelation came as two US officials said blood and urine samples from some of the 70 victims of the deadly chemical attack in Douma last weekend showed traces of chlorine gas and a nerve agent – most likely Sarin.

NBC said the pair were “confident” in the intelligence, which emerged as senior staff thrashed out the Pentagon’s likely plan of action at a National Security Council meeting.

Experts said airstrikes could come this weekend given French and British backing.

President Trump had plunged the West into fresh uncertainty by appearing to suggest he was having second thoughts on military action.

 

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman departs with its strike group towards Syria from

 The array of weapons at the disposal of the allies should they attack the Syrian regime
 
The array of weapons at the disposal of the allies should they attack the Syrian regime
 Trump has been talking to French President Emmanuel Macron discussing the best way to retaliate to the Syrian chemical attack
 
Trump has been talking to French President Emmanuel Macron discussing the best way to retaliate to the Syrian chemical attack

Taking to Twitter, the President said: “I never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”

But challenged about Syria just hours later, he told the US media: “We’re looking very seriously, very closely at that whole situation and we’ll see what happens folks.”

French President Emmanuel Macron separately insisted the West had “proof” Assad was behind the Douma massacre.

And he said France and the US would decide on a response “at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective”.

Theresa May secured the support of her Cabinet after two hours of crunch talks in Downing Street last night.

 Iran's El-Kiswah base may be targeted
 
Iran's El-Kiswah base may be targeted
 Russia's Tartus naval base where the USSR has previously launched s-400 surface-to-air missiles
 
Russia's Tartus naval base where the USSR has previously launched s-400 surface-to-air missiles
 Guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley sets off as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the biggest showing of US naval might since 2003
 
Guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley sets off as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the biggest showing of US naval might since 2003
 FGS Hessen departs as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group
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FGS Hessen departs as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group
 The alleged nerve agent used in last week's attack left victim's foaming at the mouth, according to reports
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The alleged nerve agent used in last week's attack left victim's foaming at the mouth, according to reports
 Syrian kids receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack in Douma
 
Syrian kids receive medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack in Douma

Tory MPs also told The Sun they would back military strikes – including a number of Tories who voted against action in 2013. Two US Navy destroyers armeed with Tomahawk cruise missles are in position as well as jets and subs.

Sources in the Middle East said Bashar al Assad had left his palace in Syria for Iran – his close ally alongside Russia.

Syria’s military was also said to be moving jets to Russian-controlled airfields in the hopes that Washington would leave these alone.

In a sign of a desperate attempt to stop any reprisals escalating into a full blown war, the Kremlin said a hotline between Russian and US military in Syria was “active”.

 RAF Tornado jet prepares for Syrian air strikes
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RAF Tornado jet prepares for Syrian air strikes
 Fuel tanks ready for RAF Tornado jets at the base in Norfolk
GEOFF ROBINSON.
Fuel tanks ready for RAF Tornado jets at the base in Norfolk
 RAF Tornado jets preparing for Syrian air strikes if they get the go ahead from the PM
GEOFF ROBINSON.
RAF Tornado jets preparing for Syrian air strikes if they get the go ahead from the PM

Russia also stepped up a frantic round of diplomacy with Vladimir Putin ringing both Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Israeli PM Benjamin Nethanyahu.

Last night Russia called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council for today.

Russia’s UN ambassador said his top diplomatic priority was to avert a full conflict, though he didn’t rule it out.

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