United Kingdom joins military action in Syria

Doris Richards
April 14, 2018

The twin-engine Tornado GR4 is the UK's main ground-attack aircraft, and they were armed with Storm Shadow missiles, an air-launched weapon that carries a 400 kilogram (900 pound) warhead as far as 400 kilometers (250 miles).

Danny Makki, a British-born Syrian journalist in Damascus, told CNN his whole neighborhood had been woken by the strikes near the capital.

The strikes, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a late Friday press conference, were not the opening of a broader campaign.

More practically, at the United Nations, Russia's diplomats vetoed a USA motion to re-establish an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria that could have established blame.

In the six days between the attack and the US-led response, Washington and Moscow clashed repeatedly in duelling press statements and U.S. debates.

Even as tensions have increased between the United States and Russia, Mr Trump has been criticised for failing to criticise Russia directly for the meddling, or for its alleged use of a nerve agent to kill a former double agent in England.

US, British and French forces have carried out air strikes in Syria in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in eastern Ghouta last week. She said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

Boris Johnson says the world is 'united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, especially against civilians'.

Last year, Trump said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria "crosses a lot of lines for me".

"We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace, we did not coordinate targets", Dunford said.

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

Syria's air defences "were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago", the ministry said.

Speaking after the USA air raid on Saturday, Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to Washington, reiterated that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters Saturday that the French military sent fighter jets from multiple bases in France and used missile-equipped frigates in the Mediterranean in the operation.


Defense officials said the US -led strikes did encounter some initial resistance from Syrian air defense systems, but that it appears Russian defense systems did not engage.

USA military officials said the bombardment, a coordinated effort involving both Britain and France, began at 9 p.m. EDT Friday and rained down more than 100 cruise missiles on Syrian facilities in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Homs.

The third target was a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post, also west of Homs, Dunford said.

- Every possible diplomatic channel had been explored prior to the strikes, Mrs May added.

Russian Federation has claimed that none of its forces were injured in the attacks and that Syrian air defences shot down numerous missiles.

Announcing the operation, Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

East of Syria, the United States also has warships deployed in the Persian Gulf, and a significant presence at the Al Udeid airbase in Qatar. "And it was not about regime change". "So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an worldwide operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".

Despite overwhelming evidence of the government's involvement in the attacks, Syria has denied responsibility for both incidents. She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimizing civilian casualties.

USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land-attack missile on April 7, 2017. That action resulted in the U.S.

The Russian military said it hasn't engaged its air defense assets at its air and naval bases in Syria.

Hudson argues a limited, proportional response is the right call.

Brig. Gen. Ali Mayhoub, who read the statement on Syrian TV, said "our air defenses effectively shot down a lot of them". U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the first team was already in Syria and a second was expected soon.

Hundreds of Syrians are demonstrating in a landmark square of the Syrian capital, waving victory signs and honking their auto horns in a show of defiance.

Giving a statement at the White House, Mr Trump said: "This evil and despicable act left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".

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