Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Air strikes launched in Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack

Air strikes launched in Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack

Speaking alongside Defence Minister Florence Parly, he said the strikes carried out overnight by France, Britain and the United States were "legitimate" in retaliation for the suspected chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Douma last week.

This attack is clearly much broader ... and risks a major escalation of this regional conflict, which isn't a civil war but rather a multi-front proxy war involving Russia, Iran, Israel, Turkey and several other nations.

The reports of pilots' involvement in the Syria strikes were confirmed online by multiple news agencies.

Later, US Defense Minister Jim Mattis announced the end of the aggression on Syria, saying that there is no plan to launch additional attacks.

After the Pentagon said the strikes were over, Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov issued a statement on Twitter accusing the allies of "a pre-designed scenario" against Russia and Syria.

Iran's foreign ministry condemned the strikes.

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"The aggression is a flagrant violation of global law, a breach of the worldwide community´s will, and it is doomed to fail", said state news agency SANA.

The Pentagon said the targets of the Syria attack have been destroyed and the operation had ended, according to reports.

A chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs. He added that the USA expects the Syrian government and its allies to conduct a "significant disinformation campaign", which the Pentagon would rebut with additional information Saturday morning. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep", he said.

Should the west initiate an attack on Syria, following allegations the Assad Regime was behind the poison attack in Douma over the weekend, you won't hear any complaints from Denmark.

The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, British PM Theresa May said that there was no other option but to take military action to deter Assad from using chemical weapons. This included an air defence frigate, three multi-mission frigates, Mirage 2000 jets, Rafale jets, AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) and support and supply assistance, the source said.

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"We can not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons", Macron said in a statement. A sarin gas attack a year ago killed more than 80 people in the town of Khan Shaykhun, and two days later Trump authorized launch of dozens of cruise missiles on a Syrian air base.

President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program. "We look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home", he said.

It does not appear that there are any follow up strikes now planned based on the available information at the time.

Trump stressed that "America does not seek" a permanent presence in Syria. He has previously told his national security team he wants USA troops to exit Syria within six months.

United Kingdom strikes carried out by four Tornado jets hit a military site near the city of Homs, which is believed to have housed precursor materials for chemical weapons, the ministry of defence said.

"One must be really exceptional to strike Syria's capital when the country finally got a chance for a peaceful future", she wrote.

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