- DigitalGlobe/Courtesy U.S. Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS
- Forces loyal to the Assad government are abandoning facilities which could be targeted in a US strike.
- It comes after days of military posturing and threats by Donald Trump.
- Trump has previously criticised the practice giving advance warning of attacks, because it lets everyone get out of the way.
- His recent statements have done just that – but it could be for good reason.
Syrian forces and their allies are withdrawing from military bases likely to be targeted in a potential US airstrike.
Pro-Assad militants, and some Syrian government forces, are moving people and equipment out of the way ahead of an impending attack by the United States.
Satellite imagery also showed ten Russian warships and a submarine leaving a port in western Syria.
The clear-out came after President Donald Trump warned his foes to “get ready” for a US missile strike, apparently contradicting his former opinion that telegraphing military action is a big mistake.
ISI reveals: Disappearance of most of the #Russian #Naval Forces from #Tartus Port, #Syria.
Those missing naval vessels have now been deployed at sea due to possible near-future #strikes. Only one #kilo class submarine remained.#russiannavy #Syriastrikes #foxnews #kilo pic.twitter.com/guRA9w0qqt
— imagesatintl (@imagesatint) April 11, 2018
In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump warned Russia that US missiles “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!'”
There are potential advantages to telegraphing your actions – the main one being that it helps avoid accidental escalation in a busy conflict zone where Russia is also active.
On Thursday Trump also reintroduced some ambiguity, saying that the attack “could be very soon or not so soon at all!”