Hours after efforts by the United Nations Security Council had failed to come to an agreement on how to investigate claims that Bashar Al Assad again used chemical weapons, the first reports of aircraft entering Syrian air space have started to trickle in. Al Jazeera reports American-led coalition aircraft are headed in the direction of Al-Tanf in southern Syria.
Coalition warplanes are, according to al-Jazeera, flying over al-Tanf the US-controlled base in southern #Syria. No other outlets have confirmed such overflights.
— Michael A. Horowitz (@michaelh992) April 10, 2018
This is significant given that the Americans have defended it once already and the Russians have cited Al Tanf specifically as a place where the U.S. had been supplying opposition with chemical weapons the “size of a pack of cigarettes”.
French fighter jets are on alert in northwestern France.
Commercial airliners over the Middle East are being advised to change their corridors.
Airlines that are still using Syria’s airspace or operating in Middle East have received a request to change their corridors for the next 48 hours. Sources say that all military bases and important centres of the Syrian government are on high alert as a US attack is expected
— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) April 10, 2018
It’s created quite a traffic jam in the air around Syria.
Civilian air traffic over the eastern Mediterranean and Syria as of 3:15 am local time Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/w8X4K6vIPJ
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) April 11, 2018
Reports of Russians moving their very expensive helicopters.
— Maxim A. Suchkov (@m_suchkov) April 10, 2018
These developments are significant and are not occurring out of coincidence.
Though, the Pentagon seems like it is just another Tuesday night.
Rest easy, world. The Pentagon Press Parking Index (PPPI) indicates that strikes against Syria tonight are unlikely pic.twitter.com/EMBUeqyBNg
— HansNichols (@HansNichols) April 10, 2018
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