>> We have to begin by condemning the->> President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia the US was reading to strike Syria, raising the possibility of a military confrontation between Moscow and Washington in the wake of reports of a chemical weapons attack in a Syrian city. President Donald Trump tweeted, Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria.
Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart. You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it. Any US strike in Syria would likely be launched from naval ships in the Eastern Mediterranean. Reuters foreign affairs editor Yara Bayoumi.
>> They will be looking most likely at targets that would be associated with Syria's chemical weapons program. Both Trump and France and Britain have said that the point of any response is in some way to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons. And so it stands to reason that these are the kinds of targets that we would be looking at.
>> The tweet comes a day after a Russian ambassador warned that missiles fired at Syria would be shot down.>> If there is a strike by the Americans, then we point to declarations made by President Putin and the Russian military leadership. That the missiles will be downed, and even the sources from which the missiles are fired.
>> It's been two days since US President Donald Trump promised a quick and forceful response after images appeared last week of Syrian civilians choking and dying in a possible gas attack.>> It was an atrocious attack, it was horrible.>> But so far, Washington has taken no overt action.
The US hesitation stands in contrast with the relative speed with which Trump ordered cruise missile strikes on Syria a year ago. That action came in the wake of a reported gas attack in the city of Khan Sheikhoun. Syrian aid workers reported at least 60 people were killed in Saturday's attack in the city of Douma.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday said an estimated 500 people were being treated for quote, symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.