Updated: February 24, 2021
Fears began to spread on Saturday evening that President Donald Trump had ordered airstrikes on Damascus in Syria against warnings by Russia that such an attack may endanger its forces there, and may be seen as a declaration of war. Russia and the United States are currently the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers.
In neighboring Lebanon, the social media was abuzz on Saturday with many predicting an imminent military strike on Syria by American ships recently deployed to the area.
According to Salah Albandar , a professor of International relations at Cambridge university, the decision to strike Syria and Lebanon was being discussed with some Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia.
In Lebanon, the professor argued, American forces would attempt to strike Hizbullah with the involvement of Isreal, which is trying to convince NATO to join as well.
It was said that after leaks from Russian intelligence agency, Hizbullah forces began vacating bases in Syria, and returning to Lebanon.
Sources quoted people close to the Russian Chief of Staff as saying that the United States had recently deployed a strong force along the Syrian border and had identified selected targets to be hit from the sea.
Rex Tillerson was removed by President Trump this week as Secretary of State. Some argued that he was booted out because he opposed any war in Syria, Iran or against Hizbullah in Lebanon.
The State Department recently warned that President Assad’s latest assault on his people in East of Damascus (East Ghouta) had crossed the line.
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