News Update!!: Syria: United States and European allies launched airstrikes against chemical weapons program.
The United States and European allies launched airstrikes in Syria on Friday, April 13th, 2018 against chemical weapons program.
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According to Dana W. White, Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman, the strikes “successfully hit every target,” targeting 3 locations: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons “bunker” a few miles from the second target.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad’s chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.
The United States led operation reportedly won broad Western support and NATO alliance gave its full backing.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said from Brussels, Belgium that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons cannot be used with impunity.
Friday evening, United States of America President Donald Trump announced that he has approved military strikes in Syria in response to the poison gas attack that occurred on Saturday, April 7th, 2018.
Speaking from the White House in Washington, District of Columbia, United States President Donald Trump said the strikes were underway.
Earlier, the United States Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range as United States President Donald Trump and his national security aides mulled the scope and timing of an expected military assault.
Earlier in the week, United States President Donald Trump tweeted that Russia should “get ready” because a missile attack “will be coming” at Syria, Moscow’s chief Middle East ally.
United Nation Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Middle East is in such “peril” today that it has become a threat to international peace and security, and that Syria “represents the most serious threat.”
In a statement issued shortly after United States President Donald Trump announced the military strikes, British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.”
“I judge this action to be in Britain’s national interest. We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized — within Syria, on the streets of the U.K., or anywhere else in our world. We would have preferred an alternative path. But on this occasion there is none,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians was in “total violation of international law.”
In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “The red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed. I have therefore ordered the French armed forces to intervene, as part of an international operation conducted in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom against the clandestine chemical weapons arsenal of the Syrian regime.”
In early 2017, United States President Donald Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line.
Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line.
NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was appropriate and would “reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons.”
“The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable,” said NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Syrian state media is calling the airstrikes in Syria a “flagrant violation of international law.”