Monday, 21 May, 2018

Chemical Attack: US, UK, France Bomb Syria

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The strikes were conducted by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France following a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma, which left an estimated 70 people dead. Syria released video of the wreckage of a bombed-out research lab, but also of President Bashar al-Assad arriving at work as usual, with the caption "morning of resilience".

No damage was reported on the ground in Homs, it added.

Russia's Defence Ministry issued a statement saying that more than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain, and France from the sea and air "at Syrian military and civilian targets".

Syrian state TV showed supporters of President Bashar al Assad honking their auto horns, waving Syrian flags and parading through iconic squares and arteries of the capital Damascus Saturday morning. Al-Alam Arabic TV displayed scenes of public gathering in support of the government in the streets of Warzah in Damascus near an attack site.

Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog are continuing their mission to probe an alleged gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes in Syria, the body said Saturday.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of global law".

The missiles targeted three separate facilities linked to Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, including a research facility in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility in Homs - allegedly used to prepare the nerve agent sarin gas - and another nearby command post.

The strikes were conducted the same day a team of investigators from the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is scheduled to visit Douma to determine if the alleged chemical attack took place.

Why did the USA strike?

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The U.S., Britain and France said they launched Saturday's strike to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians in the town of Douma outside Damascus.

Syrian state media accused Western powers of trying to hinder the investigation with their attack. "Our warnings have been left unheard.We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability.

On that occasion the U.S. attack was confined to the airbase where planes carrying the sarin and chlorine gas had taken off.

"And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America", he said.

Syria said the US, Britain and France launched around 110 missiles on Syria but air defences shot a lot of them down.

The US has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria as advisers to a makeshift group of anti-Islamic State fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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