Trump seems on the brink, but a major attack on Syria would face risk from air defences and an escalation with Russia

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s desire to prevent future chemical attacks in Syria has fuelled speculation that the U.S. leader may authorize an attack that is more far-reaching than the one he launched a year ago.

A larger strike, possibly including stealth aircraft and strikes on multiple sites, could inflict lasting damage to military facilities and economic infrastructure that have been vital to President Bashar Assad’s ability to regain his grip on Syria seven years into a...

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