Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

Significantly, the U.S. and its allies have confined their operation to Syrian military infrastructure, and explicitly avoided the possibility of Russian or Iranian casualties.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the usa believed it would send al-Assad a strong message.

A statement from the British Ministry of Defense said that four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4's were used in the strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a "former missile base - some 15 miles west of Homs".

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

As Saturday morning broke, hundreds of Syrian people came out to the streets in Damascus to defy, condemn a joint US, British and French attack earlier at dawn. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not", he said. It is said that only a tiny percent of those have been killed from chemical strike as the vast majority has been killed by regime bombs, bullets and barrel bombs.

Syria's President Bashar Assad announced that his country would respond to the allied attack but offered no details.

Those comments raised immediate questions as to whether the military operation would extend beyond an initial round of missile strikes.

Pentagon on Syria strikes: 'We successfully hit every target'
Its foreign ministry said: "We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma". Haley said the USA was prepared to sustain the pressure if the Syrian regime was "foolish enough to test our will".

But the Pentagon described the operation as a "one-time shot".

Defence Minister Florence Parly said cruise missiles had been fired, in coordination with the United States and Britain. "We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place". The Nazi forces' opening attack against the USSR in 1941 was launched around 4 a.m. He also claimed that 80 percent of the rockets used in the strike were destroyed or missed their targets.

The US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple targets in Syria early on Saturday morning, targeting sites linked to alleged chemical weapons production. Chlorine gas is easier to make and nearly as lethal as sarin. Paris released a dossier which it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus which government forces have recaptured in this year's biggest offensive.

"This persistent pattern of behaviour 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".

Last weekend's chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people was just the latest.

British PM Theresa May also supported the US-led air strikes on Syria by calling them a "clear message" against the use of chemical weapons. "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement.

The US president said America, being the world's greatest and most powerful economy, has a lot to offer.

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