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World What we know about the Syria strikes

08:45  14 april  2018
08:45  14 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria

  Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria A European air traffic control agency alerted airlines Tuesday to monitor the situation in the eastern Mediterranean amid possible military action by Western countries against the Syrian government in the next 72 hours. Eurocontrol, a key pan-European international aviation organization, said airlines should be prepared for any possible disruption of radio navigation equipment in the event of possible air strikes against Syria, Reuters reported.

Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday Germany would join France in efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria , adding that Germany would use its ties with Russia to

Syria and its military backer, Russia, gave a different assessment. Russian Army Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy told reporters that Syria 's air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles Russia believes were fired by the Western allies. According to preliminary reports

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.© Hassan Ammar/AP Photo The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons. The US, UK and France coordinated to launch strikes against targets within Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Who was involved?

At a Pentagon briefing Friday, US officials described the strikes as a joint operation consisting of British, American and French forces.

Kaine rips Syria strikes: What's stopping Trump from bombing Iran, North Korea next?

  Kaine rips Syria strikes: What's stopping Trump from bombing Iran, North Korea next? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tore into President Trump's authorization of military strikes in Syria, calling them "illegal" and "reckless" and questioning what's to stop him from bombing Iran and North Korea."President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night. "Today, it's a strike on Syria"President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless," Kaine said in a statement Friday night.

Syria and its military backer, Russia, gave a different assessment. Russian Army Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy told reporters that Syria ’s air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles Russia believes were fired by the Western allies. According to preliminary reports

Syria and its military backer, Russia, gave a different assessment. Russian Army Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy told reporters that Syria 's air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles Russia believes were fired by the Western allies. According to preliminary reports

"Today the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," said US President Donald Trump, during a separate announcement from the White House, Friday.

Shortly after Trump's statement, UK Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement saying she had "authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use."

A statement released by the French President Emmanuel Macron, Friday, said that a "red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed. So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an international operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime."

Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Moscow

  Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Moscow The US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday."More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets," the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, adding that "a significant number" were shot down by Syrian air defences.

Here is what we know so far about the strikes : - Three targets -. The strikes targeted three facilities related to Syria 's "chemical weapons infrastructure," officials said, in what the US billed as a warning against Syria 's Bashar al-Assad employing such weapons in the future -- a warning he has

“ Syria calls on the international community to strongly condemn this aggression, which will lead to nothing but the igniting of tensions around the world and pose a threat to international peace and security as a whole,” the Ministry said.

What was hit?

In announcing the strikes Friday, Trump said he had ordered "precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities" of the Syrian regime.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters three sites were targeted:

  • A scientific research center in Damascus.
  • A chemical weapons storage facility, located west of Homs.
  • A chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.

Syrian state TV said missiles targeting Homs were intercepted and did not cause damage, though CNN has been unable to verify this report.

What were the casualties?

Three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syria air defense systems, Syria State TV said. Witnesses on the ground in Damascus reported hearing explosions in the Syrian capital, where more than a million people live.

Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran

  Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for U.S.-led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria. U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad’s government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

The United States, along with France and Britain, launched military strikes on Friday against three sites the Trump administration said were part of Syria ’s chemical The administration said the attacks were in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syria that killed more than 40 people near Damascus.

Precision missile strikes targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage What are others saying about the attack? Russian President Vladimir Putin called the airstrikes an “act of aggression” and a “destructive influence on the

Are the strikes over?

Trump said the US was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents," however, he maintained that "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria."

At a Pentagon briefing, Dunford said "this wave of airstrikes is over" but defense officials added they are prepared for a sustained campaign until the Syrian regime ceases its alleged use of chemical weapons.

What weapons were involved?

Military and defense officials told CNN that at least one US Navy warship based in the Red Sea participated in Friday's strikes, as well as US B-1 bombers.

A statement from the British Ministry of Defense said that four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4's were used in the strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a "former missile base -- some 15 miles west of Homs."

Was Russia warned?

Dunford said the US "specifically identified" targets to "mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved."

He added normal communication lines were used in the run-up to the strike to ensure clearance of airspace, but said targets were not coordinated with the Russians.

Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer'

  Syrian chemical attack survivor to Trump: I want to 'buy you a beer' A survivor of a Syrian chemical attack in 2013 wants to buy President Donald Trump a beer to share his experience on the conditions in the country. Kassem Eid, who told CNN's Ana Cabrera he lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the Syrian government, said he was glad the President has attempted to do something for the Syrian people. "I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government," Eid said.

Have Syria and Russia responded?

In a statement following the strikes, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, said Moscow's "warnings have been left unheard."

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences," he said. "Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible. The US -- the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons -- has no moral right to blame other countries."

In a statement posted on Facebook, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said "After this statement the American and other Western mass media should understand their responsibility in what is happening."

What have we learned about the Douma attack?

More than 70 people in Syria's rebel-held town of Douma reportedly died while sheltering in basements -- 43 off whom showed symptoms consistent with exposure to "highly toxic chemicals," according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO, citing reports from health partners on the ground, also said that about 500 people went to the hospital showing signs of exposure to "toxic chemicals" in Douma.

The Syrian government and Russia, its key ally, have vehemently denied involvement and accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical attack claims.

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were on route to the site of the alleged attack before the strikes were launched against Damascus and Homs.

Iraq carries out air strikes on Islamic State in Syria .
Iraq carried out air strikes on IS positions in Syria a week after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats.F-16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

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