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Syria strike leaves murky, risky aftermath

20 5 28

The US-led strikes on Syria may be over, at least for now, but the war that produced them – as well as the wider international confrontations that fueled it – is only getting more complex.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Syrian media reported a second suspected Israeli air strike within the country in little more than a week. In the West, speculation continued as to how Russia – which promised “consequences” for the weekend’s US, French and British launch of 105 missiles against chemical weapons plants in Syria – might respond, with Western officials particularly nervous about whether Moscow was planning any cyber attacks.

Western states and their Gulf allies, meanwhile, are still struggling to hammer out their next steps. President Donald Trump is sending contradictory messages, saying that he wants to withdraw US troops from Syria, but also promising to continue actions to stop the use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime. (Adding to the confusion: French President Emmanuel Macron’s backing off of claims that he persuaded Trump to keep US forces in Syria.)

The murkiness continues on wider Russia policy too, with the White House debunking earlier talk by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, about plans for a new round of sanctions against Moscow.

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