Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

US, France and Britain launch air strike against Syria

US, France and Britain launch air strike against Syria

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned Trump was taking America down a unsafe path.

The wave of missile strikes was the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's brutal civil war.

As images of sick or dying children flooded global media all week, the USA guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill churned toward the Mediterranean to join a flotilla of allied warships, including another United States destroyer, the USS Donald Cook. Asked about reports of the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports".

As vehicle horns blared, the crowd moved toward nearby Damascus University where pro-government fighters danced and waved their automatic rifles over their heads.

Haley backed President Donald Trump's "mission accomplished" statement about the strikes, saying the Syrian facilities that were targeted sent a "pretty strong message" to both Syria and Russian Federation.

"For the Syrian people, whether the government or rebels, war is never a solution", said Mercho, "nobody wins in war".

USA ambassador to the United Nations discusses US -led strikes on the Assad regime in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attack, future of USA policy toward Syria, Russia and Iran. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of U.S. missiles past year. "Trump's failure came with the victory of our army in Douma, which marks the biggest victory for the Syrian Arab Army".

In the United States, the President was slammed for his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished!' in a tweet following the airstrikes.

Later, a video showing Assad walking into his office carrying a briefcase was posted on the same account. "The morning of resilience", read the caption beneath.

Here is the information the Western countries say they have about the suspected Syrian poison gas assault on Douma.

The widely broadcast celebrations and the hastily organized police deployment in Douma appeared to be the government's response to the airstrikes.

But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russian Federation also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict. Hill says in 2013, the Russians promised to oversee the withdrawal of chemical weapons from Syria.

The protestors fear the US getting more involved in the Syrian civil war and believe it will only lead to more bloodshed.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons.

At a Pentagon briefing on April 14, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical-weapons infrastructure" were struck.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said sidelining parliament was "a serious mistake", while leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas accused May of timing the strikes to "avoid a debate in parliament", which she described as "outrageous".

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished.' I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back". The ministry reported that a total of 103 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired, 71 of them were shot down by Syria's air defense units.

The English incident added to concerns held by Trump, his top aides, and leaders in the United Kingdom and France that not responding might encourage proliferation of chemical weapons, according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations. Saudi Arabia said it would take part in the USA coalition if asked.

The Syrian military said three civilians were wounded in one of the strikes in Homs.

The Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, located in the Barzeh neighborhood northeast of the Syrian capital, specialized in producing specific drugs which are direly in short supply amid Western sanctions.

An AP reporter who went to the Center for Scientific Research on the northeastern edge of Damascus found the three-story building nearly completely destroyed and still smoking hours after it was hit. "So we have been conducting researches on anti-cancer medicines here, and three anti-cancer drugs have been developed", Saeed told reporters at the scene.

Speaking on the BBC on April 15, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the strikes were about saying "enough is enough" over what he called the "barbaric" use of chemical weapons. They wish Trump had waited for inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Warfare to confirm chemical weapons were really used before he ordered the airstrikes on Syria.

U.S. now has over 2,000 troops in Syria and a number of contractors.

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