United States Launches Missile Strike Against Syria

Desiree Steele
April 15, 2018

The US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

Naval and air forces from the three countries struck three primary targets, including a chemical weapons research facility outside Damascus and a weapons storage facility near Homs, General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.

US officials said there was no indication so far that Syrian air defenses struck attacking Western aircraft or ships.

"Last night operations were very successful", White said in a press conference Saturday.

Rudskoi says the Syrian military used Soviet-made air defense missile systems with high efficiency, shooting down all of the missiles aimed at four key Syrian air bases.

When did it take place?

As President Donald Trump stood before television cameras on Friday to announce he'd ordered a sustained campaign of strikes in Syria, his new national security adviser John Bolton was standing a few paces away, reading along.

It was evident early on that Trump was intent on taking action to punish the Syrian regime for its actions.

Why did the USA strike?

Syria has denied using chemical weapons. Some U.S. media had said Washington was confident Assad had also used sarin on April 7. But, he noted, the Syrian government will think about it "long and hard" in the future.

But in many ways, Trump's own actions belie any suggestion Syria was the only topic on his mind.

How successful was the mission?

The strikes targeted three areas: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

What are others saying about the attack?

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the airstrikes, describing them as "aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism".

USA officials said, however, that the operation was effective in sending a message to the Assad regime about the use of chemical weapons and damaged the nation's chemical capabilities.

A policeman moves a protester who was blocking traffic along Whitehall near Downing Street in London, Friday, as she take part in a small demonstration organized against possible military intervention or bombing by western allies in Syria.

Earlier on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron also said France and its partners "will renew their efforts at the United Nations to allow the establishment of an global mechanism to establish responsibility, prevent impunity and prevent any recurrence by the Syrian regime".

The United States "is locked and loaded" to strike Syria again in response to new chemical attacks, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Saturday. "Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said.

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