Syria would not be surprised at “new aggression” from the United States. However, the United States might be surprised at the reaction from Syria and its allies.
So said Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on July 3.
“We won’t be surprised if the United States and this administration commit a new aggression against Syria,” he said. “But they have to study accurately the reaction, and also the reactions from Syria or its allies, which won’t be the same as how they were in the first aggression.”
Minister Mekdad was talking about the U.S. response to the April 4 sarin attack at Khan Sheikhoun.
That attack killed about 100 civilians, and two dozen children.
In retaliation for that attack the United States launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base.
Syria denies using chemical weapons, despite contrary evidence.
Mekdad claimed Syria had destroyed all its chemical weapons. He said any reports to the contrary lacked any credibility.
It would seem that the Syrian minister was intimating that Russia would back Syria if the United States launched another attack.
The White House issued a warning on June 26 saying Syria had been observed apparently preparing another such attack. The White house said Syria would pay “a heavy price” for carrying out another chemical attack.
A Syrian rebel group accused Syria of using chlorine gas on July 1.
Also, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported that its tests, made on the scene of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, revealed that sarin was definitely used.