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US, UK, France Launch Airstrike On Syria

The United States, United Kingdom and France launched a series of missile and airstrikes against Syria last night. President Donald J. Trump addressed the American people at 9pm Eastern Friday explaining the mission. The objective was to destroy or degrade the regime of Bashar Al Assad use of chemical weapons. The action comes a week after Assad allegedly used such weapons against the Syrian city of Douma, killing about 45 men, women and children and injuring hundreds more. Last night′s mission targeted three chemical weapon facilities. A ′scientific research center′ in Damascus and two chemical weapon storage facilities near Homs, one of which has ′Command & Control′ capabilities. The United States launched dozens of missiles from warships, as well as from B-1B Lancer bombers stationed in Qatar. The French and British also launched weapons from warships and aircraft for a total of 105 ′stand-off′ missiles.

 

 

President Trump explained that these attacks were in response to Assad′s use of chemical weapons against his own people. These weapons were supposed to have been destroyed years ago under an agreement orchestrated by Barack Obama and John Kerry with Russia, Syria′s prime ally along with Iran. Kerry had assured the world that all of the weapons were destroyed. But that was not the case. Syria either kept some or have been making more.

 

Last year, President Trump launched a missile attack on a Syrian airbase after a similar chemical weapons use by Assad. However, since then, Assad has resumed the use of such weapons, perhaps as many as 50 times. Clearly, a stronger message needed to be sent. President Trump sent that stronger message last night, advising Russia and Iran to end their support of the Assad regime. He also indicated that more actions may follow if Assad does not behave himself.

 

Some question whether Assad is behind the chemical weapon assault on Douma, or if one even occurred. By all indicators, Assad is winning the 7-plus year old civil war in Syria, which has killed over a half million people and created some 5 million refugees. Chemical weapons are generally used in combat for area denial purposes, or in prelude to a ground assault. They can cause mass casualties and create much chaos on a defending force. Various intelligence and other international services claim that the attack on Douma did occur and that Assad is responsible.

 

During a Pentagon briefing this morning, we learned that all three targets were struck. The research center in Damascus was totally destroyed and both targets near Homs were also heavily damaged. All of the Coalition missiles hit their targets practically at the same time within a 2 to 3 minute period around 4am local time. Syria launched some 40 air-to-surface missiles, but far too late.

 

For more REAL NEWS and views, follow Andrew Zarowny on MeWe, PatrioticSpace.us, Facebook or on Twitter @mrcapitalist. You may also follow Andy on his own website, nationalistpundit.com.

 

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