The German Defense Ministry is reportedly in talks with the U.S. on potentially taking an active role in airstrikes in the event that Syria’s President Bashar al Assad uses chemical weapons in Idlib province, FOX NEWS reports.
The latest escalation comes as residents of Idlib and many players in the international community, including President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, express new concerns about a Syrian attack on Idlib. And U.S officials believe Assad has already given his approval to the use of chlorine gas in Idlib, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Deutsche Welle, the German broadcaster, cited the report, which said German tornado jets could be employed. The report said any military action would have to be approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The report goes on to say that Bundeswehr forces could also join reconnaissance flights after a possible attack, also known as “battle damage assessment.”
The Bundeswehr is already active in Syria but does not engage in combat missions.
The Bundeswehr (German for “Federal Defense”) is the unified armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities. The States of Germany are not allowed to maintain armed forces of their own, since the German Constitution states that matters of defense fall into the sole responsibility of the federal government.
John Bolton said Washington was working with Paris and London on plans to team up and target troops loyal to Assad currently engaged in an offensive in the northwest of Syria where it has dropped dozens of barrel bombs and Russia has launched more than 70 airstrikes.
“We’ve been in consultation with the British and the French, who joined us in the second strike, and they also agree that another use of chemical weapons will result in a much stronger response.” Bolton
The speculation on why would Assad approve chemical attacks which he knows would bring down the rain from the U.S., doesn’t make full sense at this point. For some, it seems Assad has already won and that Idlibis almost completed, while others say that Assad cannot break through Idlib without genocide on the Idlib civilians which again, would bring the U.S. military smack down.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands of people flee.
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