Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Assad vows to 'crush' his enemies after night of US-led airstrikes

Assad vows to 'crush' his enemies after night of US-led airstrikes

Meanwhile, the US President has confirmed that "precision strikes" were ordered on Syria to deter Assad from using chemical weapons.

Last year, the United States only waged strikes in Syria after determining that more deadly sarin gas was used.

Syrian state TV said three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems. French and British warplanes also fired long-range missiles, while a British submarine launched cruise missiles.

When did it take place?

Pentagon analysis backs up President Donald Trump's statement that Friday night's missile strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities were a success.

Earlier this week, Trump called the chemical attack in Douma "atrocious" and vowed that those responsible would "pay a price".

Why did the US strike?

But on Friday night, Mr. Trump said the "prepared to sustain this response" until Syrian President Bashar Assad halts his believed use of chemical weapons.

Assad used the chemical weapons in besieged areas in order to get rebel groups to surrender, said Andrew Tabler, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Draped in government flags and blaring patriotic tunes, dozens of Syrians arrived on bicycles, on foot and in cars spray painted with the red, white, and black colours of the Syrian flag.

But in many ways, Trump's own actions belie any suggestion Syria was the only topic on his mind. "It was a successful mission", White said.

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"This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons", she said.

McKenzie identified the targets as Barzah Research and Development, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site and the Him Shinshar Bunker Facility.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the air strikes were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Assad.

However, President Vladimir Putin has denounced the strikes, calling them an "act of aggression".

Trump's deliberations this week over how to respond to the deadly chemical attack occurred at a tenuous moment for his presidency, with the special counsel's investigation winding its way further into the President's inner circle and many of Trump's trusted aides rushing for the exits.

Senator Marco Rubio applauded the strikes for preventing hostile regimes like Syria's Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Top military officials urged caution, citing the potential for igniting a wider conflict in a combustible part of the world, people familiar with the discussions said.

But what actually transpired in Syria during the early morning darkness seemed closer to the careful strategy advocated by his military brass. Russia's USA embassy released a statement warning that the airstrikes will "not be left without consequences".

"Today's action by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and France is a proper response to the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime". Russian Federation called an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on the attack.

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