Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Air Strike On Syria Takes Toll On Mid-South Families

Air Strike On Syria Takes Toll On Mid-South Families

That doesn't mean the overnight strikes, however, don't share similarities with the April 2017 attack in Syria.

The crisis seemed to quickly ease, however.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, countered that Russia's track record of vetoing Security Council resolutions created to rein in the Assad government had given the Syrian leader "a green light" for the use of "barbaric weapons". And for the second time in his presidency, the USA commander-in-chief demanded retaliation.

Trump on Friday ordered precise strikes against Syrian military facilities with Britain and France in a coordinated action.

Since 2015, Syria has benefited from the support of Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin. "The last victims were buried in schools and even dumpsters because there was not enough space in cemeteries", Al Siofi said.

Reaction to the U.S-led strikes has been mixed from inside Syria, with some residents applauding the action and others deeming it a show of force to other regional players involved in the Syrian conflict.

President Donald Trump declared "Mission Accomplished!" hours after joint strikes on Syria by the US and key allies, inviting immediate comparisons to President George W. Bush's early, misplaced optimism about the USA invasion of Iraq in 2003. Less than one year after the U.S.

As the president addressed the nation at 9 p.m. Washington time, a barrage of 105 USA, United Kingdom and French missiles converged on Syria.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was little doubt the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals at Douma. He said the attack was intended "to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons". The mission, according to Pentagon officials, has "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to manufacture chemical weapons.

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the U.S. and its allies' strike. The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and from ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. These missiles may have come down in populated areas, he said.

The strategy of avoiding Syrian airspace and firing from multiple directions simultaneously was created to confuse and overwhelm Syrian and Russian air defense systems.

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Dunford told reporters Friday that the USA sought targets that would limit any involvement with Russian military forces in Syria and reduce the risk of civilian casualties.

Nikki Haley: "I spoke to the president this morning, and he said 'if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

President Donald Trump is claiming victory after a us -led allied attack on Syria's chemical weapons program. "We humiliated their missiles", said Mahmoud Ibrahim, who waved a Syrian flag.

"They lost a lot of equipment".

Faysal Itani, a scholar at the Atlantic Council, said that even if the US -led strikes prevented new chemical attacks, it would not change Assad's larger strategy or halt his conventional assaults on rebel-held areas.

"It breaks my heart to see kids being washed by water after use of chemical weapons".

The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

A commander in the regional military alliance that backs President Bashar al-Assad said sites hit also included an air base west of Damascus near the Lebanese border.

Also, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Wednesday that his country would respond to any U.S. missiles fired at Syria by shooting them down and targeting their launch sites.

"They had three buildings there and a parking deck, and now they don't", McKenzie 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.

"Our initial assessment is that this target was completely destroyed", McKenzie said. The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs. McKenzie said the facility had been "successfully hit and sustained damage".

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