US Launches Precision Strikes on Syria

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

So today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality. The sky looked orange over eastern Damascus apparently as a result of fires caused by the missiles hitting Syria.

Syrian state television simultaneously reported a USA attack on Syria, in coordination with France and Britain.

The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that 110 missiles were fired on Syrian targets and that the country's defense systems "intercepted most of the missiles, but some hit targets including the Research Center in Barzeh".

In London, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said the allied strikes on the Syrian government's chemical weapons capability aimed not only to protect innocent civilians, but also to prevent such attacks from becoming an global norm.

He says there is "no doubt" that the Syrian government is responsible.

Leaders in Syria, Iran and Russian Federation denied that government forces had used chemical weapons, and accused rescue workers and the rebels who had controlled Douma of fabricating the videos to win worldwide sympathy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is seen as a woman watches while buses carrying freed hostages and rebels who were evacuated from the rebel-held city of Douma arrive at Al-Wafideen camp in Damascus, Syria, April 8, 2018. He says the preparing a sustained response against "these atrocities".

Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza
At least eight Palestinians were wounded, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said at around midday, with one shot in the head. It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

As the missiles rained down, one administration official explained that, over the course of this week, the president had tweeted his intention to the American people.

A month after the 2017 airstrike, the Syrian military began moving fighter aircraft and personnel back to Shayrat Airfield in Homs and repaired some of the damaged infrastructure, three USA defense officials told NBC News at the time.

Associated Press reporters in Damascus saw smoke rising from east Damascus early Saturday morning local time. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

Despite Trump's vow to act quickly, the consequences of a strike to punish Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack have slowed his administration's response and consumed officials meeting at the Pentagon, in the White House Situation Room and at Fort Meade, Maryland, where U.S. Cyber Command is situated.

Australia is standing by its longtime ally as US President Donald Trump announced a series of precision strikes against the Assad regime in Syria.

To Iran, and to Russian Federation, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children? Trump called out the two nations, saying they should withdraw their support for Syria's "barbarism and brutality". It was also uncertain how much either Russian Federation or Iran would take the risk of both escalating and widening the crisis in Syria with a cybercounterattack on the West.

Assad's chemical weapons attacks - and Trump's outrage over them - clearly have not changed his view of American interests in Syria.

The paranoia over President Trump's tariff threats and the subsequent Chinese response has been well documented. Rather he suggested the best way to ensure peace rested with a military so powerful that no sane nation or terrorist group would even think of messing with it. The planes fired Storm Shadow missiles at a facility where the United Kingdom said the Assad "regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled".

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