Compared to strikes that President Donald Trump launched against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack on civilians almost one year ago, last night's action was "more robust in terms of military action" because it was an allied, as opposed to unilateral, strike that targeted alleged chemical weapons infrastructure and is meant to be part of a sustained effort, an administration official said.
Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.
Reaction to the U.S-led strikes has been mixed from inside Syria, with some residents applauding the action and others deeming it a show of force to other regional players involved in the Syrian conflict. But the airfield targeted by the Pentagon resumed operations shortly after the attack and, according to Western intelligence assessments, chemical attacks resumed. After the chemical attack, I buried my best friend in the garden of my house. Despite Trump's bellicose threats last week, he made no attempt to decapitate the government in Damascus, or even to incapacitate its war-making ability. But he added that Russian Federation and Iran must also be held accountable for enabling the Syrian regime, stating the two countries "have blood on their hands". The attack followed the reported chemical weapons use in the Syrian town of Duma.
"The people martyred by chemicals is a certain amount, but the people martyred by conventional weapons is much, much more", he said. "It's not a solution for Syrian people but it's for the worldwide community because Syria signed the convention against chemical weapons". "Assad in Syria will stay in power as long as Putin wants him there", Hurd said.
"They needed some freedom, they needed more democracy, they needed to share their opinions, but unfortunately the government in Syria is not very responsive" says Syrian native Hassan Almoazen.
Republican leaders were nonetheless supportive of Trump's response in Syria and did not provide any indication that they would challenge his authority. The U.S. still has troops deployed in Iraq as well as Syria. They concluded Assad's government was to blame for gassing the Damascus suburb. "This will not deter Assad, now he feels victorious", he added.
As ever in the Middle East, the US finds itself with no good options.
CNN is reporting that U.S. aircraft - including B-1 bombers - and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple United States defence officials, and at least one navy warship based in the Red Sea was involved. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity".
"It breaks my heart to see kids being washed by water after use of chemical weapons".
"The building was a working base, in which the mission of the OPCW experts in Syria was carried out".
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted a message of support and said those who use chemical weapons "must be held accountable". The Pentagon on Saturday said the strikes set the country's chemical weapons capability back "for years".
The strikes on Syria are taking a toll on families right here in the Mid-South.
Trump's declaration of "mission accomplished" had an awkward historic ring.
The language suggests that Trump remains hesitant to engage militarily in the war-torn country, and in the wider region, which he called a "troubled place".
Friday night's US-UK-France airstrikes in Syria did their job, putting Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad on notice that he'll pay a heavy price for use of chemical weapons.
There are some Syrians who think the chemical weapons attack never occurred. Syria and Russian Federation have denied any involvement in the alleged attack, and Syria has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. "These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said. "If something happens to President Bashar al-Assad the Christians will get slaughtered", George said.
It was in September 2013 that Russian Federation reached a deal with the USA that was to destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.
Some information in this report came from The Associated Press.
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