“U.S. Airstrikes on Syria.”
“US, UK, and France Launch Syria Strikes targeting Assad’s Chemical Weapons.”
I saw those headlines yesterday, along with many more, and immediately started shaking my head. The United States, UK, and France launched strikes against three sites in Syria, following threats of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. BBC News advised the following:
In February, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched an assault on the Eastern Ghouta that has reportedly left more than 1,700 civilians dead.
In March, troops split the region into three pockets – the largest of which was around Douma, home to between 80,000 and 150,000 people. Facing defeat, rebel groups in the other two pockets agreed to be evacuated to northern Syria. But the group controlling Douma, Jaysh al-Islam, continued to hold out. On 6 April, after negotiations with the government stalled, air-strikes resumed.
The bombardment continued for a second day, with dozens of people reportedly killed or injured by conventional munitions before the suspected chemical attack.
So, on Saturday morning (April 14, 2018) the US, UK, and France launched strikes against targets at those three sites in Syria. President Trump advised that the purpose of the campaign is to “establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons,” and the strikes will continue until the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends. But Trump doesn’t want an indefinite presence in Syria, however. He wants the US troops to exit within 6 months.
According to CNN, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff, advised that the first strike targeted a scientific research center that was involved in the development and production of chemical weapons; the second site was a chemical weapons storage facility; the third was a chemical equipment storage facility. The intended targets were successfully hit.
I’m going to continue to keep my eyes on this, and I encourage you all to do the same because who knows what could happen next. If you’d like to discuss or have any additional information to add, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…
Cohen, Z., & Liptak, K. (2018, April 14). US, UK and France launch Syria strikes targeting Assad’s chemical weapons. Retrieved April 15, 2018, from https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/13/politics/trump-us-syria/index.html
Smith-Spark, L. (2018, April 14). US ‘locked and loaded’ to strike Syria again if there’s another chemical attack, Haley says. Retrieved April 15, 2018, from https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/14/politics/syria-strikes-russia-us-response-intl/index.html
Syria war: What we know about Douma ‘chemical attack’. (2018, April 14). Retrieved April 15, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43697084