Wars drums are stirring in warn-torn Syria, where the United States is expected to drop missiles after another chemical attack, and a U.S. congressman says the Trump administration is justified to do so.
The United States and other nations allege the Assad regime again used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, this time killing at least 40 people near Damascus in a conflict that has claimed 400,000 or more lives.
After the United States publicly announced a response was coming, Russia has reportedly moved Navy ships from a Syria port and Syria is evacuating army bases and moving aircraft to better-protected bases.
Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer, is sitting off the coast of Syria.
So far the battle has been confined to Twitter, where President Donald Trump taunted Russia to "get ready" about "nice and new" missiles then, a day later, stated an attack on Syria could happen "very soon or not so soon at all."
The conflicting messaging could be intentional so as not to tip the administration's intentions and time line.
"I fully support this administration's actions in holding Assad accountable as well as other who are involved in boosting the Assad regime," U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana) tells OneNewNow in an interview on Wednesday.
Banks, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, says he has no specific information – at least that he can share – about who is directly behind the gas attack. But he is certain the Assad regime, and both Russia and Iran, are ultimately responsible.
All three countries, he alleges, "have conspired together to support the nefarious activities of Assad regime, which has included now multiple times chemical and gas attacks on Assad's own people."
Banks says the country that has the most at stake – besides Syria – in the conflict is Israel, which was likely behind the April 3 attack on a Syrian air base near Homs, site of an Iranian-led drone operation.
"Israel has already acted out," says Banks, "and the president has promised swift action by the United States of America as well."