An attempt to wipe out al-Assad’s air force may cause Russian as well as regime fatalities

Donald Trump ordered an attack on Syria in April last year in response to a chemical attack, when 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the al-Shayrat airbase.

Since that failed to deter the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and regime forces from using more chemical weapons, the decision Trump has to make now, following the suspected gas attack in Douma on Saturday, is whether to launch a more punitive strike.

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