What We Know About The Syria Strikes

What We Know About The Syria Strikes

As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the operation did not target Syria's allies or civilians but President Bashar Assad's government because of its alleged use of chemical weapons.

The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider worldwide commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other military leaders had warned that the larger the attack, the greater the risk of a confrontation with Russian Federation, two U.S. officials said.

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were on route to the site of the alleged attack before the strikes were launched against Damascus and Homs.

"We believe that the strikes we have taken last night have had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future", Williamson said. "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations".

Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria. Again, we are being threatened.

British had no alternative but to take military action to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capability, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday after ordering air-launched cruise missile strikes along with the United States and France.

United States President Donald Trump agreed to launch coordinate strikes against Syria with allies on Friday.

"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", Putin said. Another eyewitness say that Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

Mrs May said chemical weapons had "all too often" been used in recent times.

Russia, one of Assad's key and uncompromising allies, responded quickly to Friday's attack shortly after the strikes were reported. US Defense Secretary James Mattis said "right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message" to the Syrian regime.


Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the US, British and French forces, he added.

Fox News reported that US military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13.

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) - France said on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike Syrian government targets again if the chemical red line was crossed, but that no new strikes were planned at this stage, adding that it would renew a push for peace through dialogue with Russian Federation. "We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets". A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. But the damage was limited, and a defiant Assad returned to episodic use of chlorine and perhaps other chemicals.

"Emotion is not what's needed now, but professional assessment by military specialists working on the scene", Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house of parliament, said Saturday, according to state news agency RIA-Novosti. The message to Assad must be that the cost of using chemical weapons is worse than any perceived benefit, that the United States and our allies have the will and capability to continue imposing those costs, and that Iran and Russian Federation will ultimately be unsuccessful in protecting Assad from our punitive response.

The official acknowledged that could require a more sustained USA air and naval presence in the region, as well as intensified satellite and other surveillance of Syria. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the strike as a "calibrated, proportionate and targeted response".

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said the deconfliction line with Russian Federation was "active" this week.

He said that the goal of the action was "to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons".

A USA official said the strikes had targeted chemical production facilities.

"We will not stand by whilst innocent civilians, including women and children, are killed and made to suffer".

President Donald Trump has launched air strikes against Syria.

Friday's strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

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