Saturday, January 16, 2021

US, UK, France Attack Syria in Response to Chemical Attack

American President Donald Trump announced military strikes on Syria in response to alleged Chemical Attacks. As he spoke, explosions rocked the Syrian Capital, Damascus. British PM Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron declared support to the US and said they had joined in attacking Syria for its chemical attacks on innocent citizens.

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Trump said he was willing to continue the response until Assad’s government suspended using chemical weapons. The military strikes were the biggest jolt by the US, UK and France against Damascus, which has now pitched the Western Powers against Russia.

“I ordered the US Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said in a televised address from the White House. 

Speaking of Bashar al-Assad and his presumed role in the chemical attack, Trump said, “These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead.” A U.S. official told Reuters the strikes were aimed at multiple targets and involved Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It is believed that the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. Barzah hosts a major Syrian scientific research centre. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said the targets included a Syrian research facility and a chemical weapons storage facility.

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Another U.S. official said targets were being thoughtfully picked with the intention of dismantling Assad’s capability to conduct any further chemical attacks while circumventing the prospects of spreading toxic fallout in civilian areas.

“The sole aim of our attack is to establish a powerful impediment against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. President Trump who has attempted to build good relations Moscow was critical of Russia and Iran. “To Iran and Russia, I ask, what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?” Trump said.


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