US, UK, France perform airstrike on Syria

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

After the U.S., France and United Kingdom hit Syria with airstrikes late Friday night in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by al-Assad against civilians, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said Russian Federation has already started to beef up its misinformation game on social media.

The US-led strikes on Saturday came after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last week.

With the latest USA missile strikes, President Donald Trump appears to have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

The bombing, denounced by Damascus and its allies as an illegal act of aggression, was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his powerful ally Russian Federation.

However, one of the stated goals of the strikes was to deter Syrian President Bashar Assad's government from using chemical weapons again.

Officials from the church say the night had been in the works for a while and it was not in response of Friday's airstrikes on Syria by the U.S., France and United Kingdom.

France, the United States and Britain planned to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the conflict, French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.

Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.

President Trump surprised members of his administration last month when he publicly expressed his determination to remove United States forces from Syria.

His comments appeared in line with those of US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that Trump told her that if Syria uses poisonous gas again, "The United States is locked and loaded". "Because it's like, 'Oh no, you can't use chemical weapons but you can use violence, you can starve them, you can use missiles and air strikes against them, ' but chemical weapons are a no?"

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The Yomiuri ShimbunThe most pressing matter is to avert a situation in which more chemical weapons are used in the civil war in Syria. A sarin attack triggered Trump's decision past year to strike a Syrian air base.

White says the target choices were "very methodical", calling it a "deliberate decision" to go after chemical weapons facilities.

USA officials have said the strikes hit three chemical-weapons facilities, including one in Damascus and two in Homs.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the success of the missile attacks depended on whether Syria stopped using chemical weapons.

The team of experts are set to investigate the April 7 attack east of the capital Damascus, which Bashar al Assad's regime and its Russian ally deny ever took place.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

"By working together, in a coordinated fashion, we can definitively prevent the Syrian regime from carrying out chemical attacks against its own people", Macron said on Twitter.

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the worldwide law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

British warplanes took part in the strikes, which destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities.

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