Russia can jam US drones in Syria: report

Russia can jam US drones in Syria: report
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Russia now has the capability to jam U.S. drones in Syria, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing four U.S. officials.

The officials say Russia started to jam some of the drones a few weeks ago, and suggested it was because of fears that the United States would respond to a chemical attack in Syria that left dozens dead.

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One of the officials told NBC News that the jamming, which scrambles the signal, is affecting American military actions.

The report of Russia's capability comes after a suspected chemical attack over the weekend in the Syrian city of Douma, a rebel-held town in the southwestern part of the country. Both the Syrian and Russian governments have denied involvement in the attack.

The U.S. believes Syria is responsible, and President Trump on Sunday in a tweet implicated Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has received political and military backing from the Kremlin throughout the eight-year civil war.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Trump wrote on Twitter. 

“Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”

The president said Monday that he would decide the United States's response to the reported attack within 24 to 48 hours.

“It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “This is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen.”