In response to the chemical weapon attacks in Syria that were perpetrated by the Asad regime, The United States, along with Britain and France carried out a joint bombing of 3 Syrian government facilities that develop chemical weapons in Syria. Military bases near the capital Damascus and the city of Homs were targeted which, according to Theresa May, have been successful. “May” also said it had been “right and legal” to take action.
Just spoke with @theresa_may: the strike targeted chemical weapons facilities and the PM confirmed her willingness to continue strong cooperation with European allies. I will report on the conversation at the plenary session opening on Monday, ahead of the Syria debate.
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) April 15, 2018
Syria’s main ally, Russia that has been held accountable for supporting the horrifying actions taking place in Syria had threatened military retaliation if any Russian forces had been hit during the air strike. Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Western strikes “in the most serious way” which means that there might be retaliation soon from the Russians.
#Russia's state media excoriates the US & allies for "treacherous, amoral, shameful" strikes on Syria w/ no known deaths; forgetting to mention that Russia slaughtered scores of civilians in Syria, has been blowing up hospitals, maternity wards & buildings with #Assad's blessing. pic.twitter.com/E1l11Bqxfg
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) April 15, 2018
“The nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality,” US President Donald Trump said in an address from the White House.
“The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons,” he said.
According to Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, a top Pentagon spokesperson, the strikes hit the “very heart” of Syria’s chemical weapon program preventing them from carrying out any similar attacks anytime soon which is a serious blow to the Asad regimen.
At the same time he also told the press that Syria could restart their chemical program and since all the facilities weren’t targeted there’s still a chance that the Syrian government could use them again down the line. He also went on to say that the air strike on a limited number of facilities was purposeful to minimize the spread of chemical weapons that were stored in the facilities.
Following the strike in Syria, the White House has trouble deciding just how committed they are to carrying on an offensive front in Syria. “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” President Donald Trump said from the White House on Friday night.
“We put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program..setting them back years”! @nikkihaley on coalition strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons research compounds and chemical weapons storage facilities! pic.twitter.com/FEiCeeg5lx
— GITMO ?? (@President1Trump) April 15, 2018
This announcement was followed by that of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis who gave a different assessment. “Right now, this is a one-time shot,” Mattis added, “designed to set back the Syrian war machine’s ability to produce chemical weapons.” Mattis did note the increased scale of the strikes compared to last year’s attack. “This time with our allies, we have struck harder,” Mattis said. “Together we have sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack.”