Trump’s tweets run far ahead of US military’s readiness to hit Syria | Peter Beaumont

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Pentagon not tactically prepared to back up president’s bellicose language with US firepower

Despite Donald Trump’s tweet suggesting that a US strike on Syria was imminent – and warning Russia to “get ready” – the US naval and other forces in the region suggest his rhetoric may have outpaced military readiness for anything but the most limited action.

Trump’s tweetwhich he appeared to row back on on Thursday – appears to have given Syrian forces ample warning to move key assets, suggesting that any strike now would be largely symbolic and have little meaningful impact on the conduct of the war in Syria.

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