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Last night, the Russian military was put on high alert following threats from the United States concerning potential military action in Syria as a response to chemical weapons use.
This follows the deployment of Israeli forces to the Golan Heights region, including infantry and anti-air weapons. Iran has warned offensive action against Israel in retaliation for the airstrike against Syrian government targets.
On 9 May, the Russian military held a military parade in Occupied Crimea as a show of force. President Trump has expressed a desire for similar parades to be held by American forces on US soil.
Correspondents in Donetsk reported 64 different attacks in the region near Mariupol, Donetsk in the last twenty four hours, while correspondents in Luhansk report mortar attacks on separatist positions.
US Defence Secretary Mattis states: "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate as the president determined." He declined to answer questions about whether he was concerned the US had telegraphed its military moves in Syria, suggesting that the United States is still considering it's options.
To focus on the Syrian struggle, President Trump canceled a planned trip to South America.
“I’ll be continuing to talk with our allies and partners as I have done, speaking to President Macron this morning, and I’ll be speaking to President Trump later today,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said.
This follows last week's deployment of French troops to Kurdistan in regards to a possible continued offensive push into Kurdish territory by Turkish military.
The South China Morning Post reports Chinese officials have warned against US military intervention in Syria.
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Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events and works with organizations such as syriancivilwarmap.com and southfront.org