They are concerned that the regime will be dealing with chlorinated combat helicopters as in the past, given the potential heavy resistance in the area.
Officials say they have no confirmed evidence of chemical weapon movement yet. However, the regime has relocated some of the most well-trained and equipped elite infantry to an area south of Idlib, in addition to thousands of armed forces already in the region, US officials said. One of the military concerns, according to the US authorities, is that in a ubiquitous battle, the area is so close to the Turkish border that fighter jets from Syria, Russia, Turkey and even the United States could collide.
The level of concern has intensified in recent days as Russia has intensified social media activity, claiming that the US and its allies are preparing to carry out air strikes under the pretext of the regime's use of chemical weapons.
In a tweet, the Russian Defense Ministry said the US, France and the United Kingdom were preparing to carry out new strikes in Syria, while the Russian embassy in the US said the US "built the group of cruise missile carriers in the Middle East East, connected with the preparation of a regular provocation with an alleged "use of chemical weapons" in the province of Idlib.
In the past, Russian social media accounts have accused the US, so if a military strike happened, they could accuse someone US officials say
In response to Russian claims, the US is building a naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean to attack Syrian President Basha al-Assad. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, "What I can tell you , is that Russian reports on a buildup of a US military in the eastern Mediterranean is nothing more than Propaga nda are. It is not true. However, that does not mean that we are not prepared to react should the President take such action. "
The Pentagon turns against Russian demands and troop movements of the very public.
"We remain concerned about open source reports of a possible military offensive by the Syrian regime against civilians and civilians Infrastructure in Idlib that would lead to devastating humanitarian consequences, "said Pahon. We also underline our concern about the potential for further and illegal use of chemical weapons. "
On the question of potential air strikes The US strongly warns the Syrian regime not to use chemical weapons, which is evident in light of the tweets in Moscow: US officials hope Russia will act to keep things quiet in the region, but acknowledge that if there are any possible measures, the Russians will publicly support Assad.
National Security Advisor John Bolton also issued a public warning and said last week in Israel, "We are obviously worried about the possibility that Assad can use chemical weapons again. Bolton added, "just so there will be no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons, we will react very strongly. And they should really think long before they come to a decision, because the US attitude on this point is not ambiguous. "