The following is a summary of significant developments that took place in the last week regarding the war on Syria:

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Tensions between international powers continue. All-out war seems to be realistically on the table, with the US and its allies seemingly wanting and provoking war.

Europe’s air traffic control agency Eurocontrol warned aircraft flying in the eastern Mediterranean to be cautious due to possible air strikes into Syria. Some major airlines re-routed flights today as a result.

US President Donald 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!”

The Kremlin said that it hoped all sides involved in Syria would avoid doing anything that could destabilize the already fragile situation and made clear it was strongly opposed to a possible U.S. strike on its ally.

Thursday 12 April 2018

Germany, Italy says they will not participate in strikes on Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that France had “the proof” that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons last week. Macron made the comments during an interview with TF1. The “proof” has not been presented publicly.

Contrary to previous reports of an imminent decision being made, US President Donald Trump tweets that an attack on Syria “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”

According to satellite images published by ImageSat International, Russia has moved almost all of its warships from the port of Tartus in Syria ahead of a potential strike by the United States.

Journalist Elijah J. Magnier reports that all Syrian troops were ordered to empty their barracks and keep a 5% presence only. US and allies may target – as expected – the Syrian Air Force (many dislocated and other spread but not flying), the command and control centre, all radars and known anti-air missiles, Ministry of Defence, Presidential Palace and other sensitive Syrian bases.

All commercial flights over Syrian airspace still being avoided.

The Telegraph in the UK is reporting that the prime minister Theresa May has ordered UK submarines to travel within striking range of Syria, and adds that strikes could begin as early as today (Thursday). May will call an emergency cabinet meeting over Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad last night allegedly moved his family out of Syria to Iran for safety.

Friday 13 April 2018

In a press briefing, Russian Ministry of Defence Chief Spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, accused the UK of preparing the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke with journalists before a UNSC meeting about the alleged chemical attack in Syria last week in Douma: “Did the chemical weapon attack happen? Yes. The US has analyzed? Yes, it has happened.”

12 US warships are setting sail for Syria in one of the biggest concentrations of US naval power since the 2003 Iraq invasion.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Defense Secretary James Mattis are reportedly feuding over the strategy in Syria, with Mattis favoring a more cautious approach.

Yesterday US President Donald Trump vowed that a decision on a US military action in Syria will be made “fairly soon”.

The UK and its allies maintain that the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad likely green-lighted to the use of chemical weapons on civilians, leading to threats of military action from the likes of the United States.

Visas granted to four OPCW experts to travel to Syria and inspect site in Douma to check whether or not there was use of chemical substances.

Image: USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is now in its position in the east Mediterranean Sea within 100 km from Tartus, Syria. It is one of “several” missile-capable ships from the US and NATO already in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Credits: Hal Turner).
Saturday 14 April 2018

Strike on Damascus comes just as Syria got chance for peaceful future – Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian anti-missile defense systems were not used to deter attack in Syria.

US attacks are complete. Mattis: “Right now, this is a one time shot.”

Smoke seen rising from a scientific research facility in Barzeh, which the coalition claims is being used for the production of chemical and biological weapons.

The US, UK and France have launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.  US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford disclosed that Russia had not been notified of the air strikes. “We did not do any co-ordination with the Russians on the strikes, nor did we pre-notify them,” said Dunford.

Image: April 14, 2018. Strike on Damascus comes just as Syria got chance for peaceful future (Credits: @spectatorindex).
Sunday 15 April 2018

New Western Syria strikes would spark ‘chaos’: Putin tells Rohani

U.S. troops not leaving Syria until goals accomplished: Nikki Haley

Protests in various countries around the world including Venezuela, Greece, US and Germany to decry recent US strikes on Syria.

A ‘BZ nerve agent’ that was developed for the US and UK armed forces was found in the Skripal poisoning samples, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced at the XXVI Assembly of the Foreign and Defence Policy Council in Moscow on Saturday. The FM explained that experts from the Swiss Centre for Radiological and Chemical-Bacteriological Analysis presented the latest results of the Skripal case.

Monday 16 April 2018

A senior IDF official has confirmed that Israel attacked the T-4 airbase in Syria on April 9: “It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets”.

Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic Yuri Yevtushenko stated that the center will provide “all-round assistance” to the special mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) aimed at obtaining objective information about the alleged use of chemical weapon against civilians in Douma, in a statement released from Latakia today.

Credible reports of a US troop build-up within the Panama Canal. These troops are reportedly moving to block a “Red Dawn” invasion that might follow the breakout of a ground war in Syria.

Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Friday’s US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites.

The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have started a twelve-day military exercise with the United States at its side. In total, nearly 4,000 US servicemen will participate in the drill.

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late on Monday and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus, Syria’s state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said.

Al Sura Media claimed Israeli fighter jets had targeted Syria’s T4 airbase, where Iranian troops are alleged to be present (UNCONFIRMED).

Alexander Shulgin, Russian Representative at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons stated that it was “highly likely” that the alleged chemical attack in Douma was organised by British intelligence services, while speaking in The Hague on Monday. Shulgin stated “he who pays can order any music he likes” and went on to explain that the White Helmets are financially supported by the US and UK. The White Helmets, he claimed, presented “staged footage” and called the event a “large-scale provocation”.