Local Syrians express hope, wariness after missile strikes

Local Syrians express hope, wariness after missile strikes

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018. According to the same Fox News report, the Pentagon reported "there has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls online in the last 24 hours", to push a "Russian disinformation campaign", which means, at least for now, Russia is still supporting Assad, even if he is using banned chemical weapons that he denies having.

Syria sent 40 air defense missiles streaking into the night sky, but only after all the U.S., French and British weapons had struck their targets, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.

In August 2013, then-President Barack Obama said the U.S. had determined that Syria had launched a chemical weapons attack targeting its own people.

Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

The center was leveled by 57 cruise missiles fired by US warships and submarines, and 19 long-range air-to-ground attack missiles fired from Air Force B-1 bombers, officials said.

French Rafale jets, British Tornado jets and US B-1 bombers took part in the Friday night raid, launching from bases in Cyprus, France and possibly Qatar, where the U.S. earlier this month deployed several attack aircraft. Western powers published evidence on Saturday explaining their conclusion that Assad was responsible for the strike, which, according to United States officials, deployed both chlorine and sarin from helicopters only in possession of the Assad regime.

We do, however, know that Assad has been warned to stop using chemical weapons before and didn't listen.

Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said that to her knowledge no one in the Defense Department communicated with Moscow in advance, other than the acknowledged use of a military-to-military hotline that has routinely helped minimize the risk of U.S.

Local Syrians express hope, wariness after missile strikes
Local Syrians express hope, wariness after missile strikes

Syrian air defenses, however, responded firmly, shooting down most of the missiles fired at the country.

The attack was a response to a reported chemical attack that affected hundreds of women and children in the town of Douma, in the Syrian province eastern Ghouta, last week. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

Washington described its targets as a centre near Damascus for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs, and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post. He said the installations that produced chlorine gas and sarin, a deadly nerve agent, were damaged or destroyed.

"I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government", Eid said. "Not at this point in a civil war and bring the wrath of the whole world on his back", George said.

But after the Syrian army surrendered its chemical arsenal, the Western countries kept accusing the government forces of using chemical weapons, despite the Syrian government's repeated denials that it has never used such weapons.

Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack. Then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has since been fired, said the strikes did not indicate a shift in U.S. policy toward Syria.

He doubled down on that position in his remarks: "Under no circumstances" will the USA remain in Syria indefinitely, he said.

The United States, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

"We can not purge the world of evil or act every where, there is tyranny is a troubled place". He added: "They think that they're exceptional".

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