Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is the last remaining stronghold of militant and terror groups in the country. President Bashar Assad sees the liberation of Idlib as a topmost priority.
The US is mulling air and missile strikes on Syrian government forces if they use chlorine gas in their operation to liberate Idlib.
The US strikes could also target Russia and Iranian positions in the area, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Sunday.
Targeting Russian Forces?
The article added that the Pentagon may be crafting military options, but President Trump hasn’t decided yet what exactly would trigger a military response or whether the US would target Russian or Iranian military forces aiding Assad in Syria.
The WSJ added that Washington has not yet decided whether the use of chlorine gas could necessitate US airstrikes on Assad’s forces.
According to the publication, if Washington decides to strike, it would possibly be on a larger scale compared to the air and missile attacks it had previously launched in Syria.
If it does, then it would have to decide whether to hit Russian air defense installations in a bid to inflict maximum damage on Assad’s forces, the newspaper added.
“I will not comment on US military plans, but on Assad’s use of chemical weapons, sarin and chlorine and disdain for civilian life is well documented and contrary to regional stability,” the WSJ quoted the…