OPEN FIRE: Trump launches air strikes against Syria

Randolph Lopez
April 14, 2018

The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP spokesman for defence, said joining in an allied attack on Syria was "not a fearless or strong" decision by Mrs May.

Russian forces in Syrian did not respond; the only opposition to the operation came from Syrian surface-to-air missiles, the general added.

Trump earlier criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path", adding Russian Federation had failed in its 2013 promise to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. That chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun killed and injured hundreds of civilians.

Trump laid the blame on Iran and Russian Federation for supporting Assad, and directly addressed Putin, who he had recently congratulated for his sham election victory and invited to the White House for a meeting.

Britain has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but not against the country's government.

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the US and its allies have taken "decisive action" against Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure.

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks during a Pentagon briefing after President Trump announced U.S. strikes on Syria
Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks during a Pentagon briefing after President Trump announced U.S. strikes on Syria

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Antonov said in his statement responding to the US-led military action.

"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Mr Turnbull said. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states ... and murderous dictators". On Thursday, he told lawmakers the United States had not yet reached that conclusion.

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime". "Absolutely confident. We have the intelligence level of confidence we need". "We are very confident that chlorine was used and we are not ruling out sarin right now", Mattis said.

"This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons", she said. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a US military response. "Assad's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians can not go unanswered".

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons. But his regime has been accused multiple times since then of using such weapons. "They have built a lot of flexibility into the plan to allow for further strikes based on what they've hit tonight".

On Friday night, Trump, who in recent weeks has mulled the pullout of American troops from Syria, lauded their efforts against ISIS. On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said analysis done by the U.S., U.K. and France proved the chemical attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May describes the attack as neither "about intervening in a civil war" nor "about regime change" but a limited and targeted strike that "does not further escalate tensions in the region" and does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties.

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