U.S., UK, France Strike Three Syrian Sites in Response to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack

The U.S., the UK and France have conducted strikes on three Syrian sites in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, in the early hours of Saturday, CNN reported.

“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” CNN quoted Trump as saying late Friday at the White House.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that the first allied strike targeted a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons.

The second site targeted was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, while the third was at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she “authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use.”

“The UK element of the carefully coordinated joint action was contributed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s,” a statement from the UK Ministry of Defense said. “They launched Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility — a former missile base — some fifteen miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said he “ordered the French armed forces to intervene” after a “red line set by France” on the use of chemical weapons had been crossed. The office of the French President posted a video of a squadron of French military jets taking off to launch their part of the strikes.



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