In retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Douma, US President Donald Trump has said the US military launched strikes on Syrian chemical weapons capabilities. Russia has warned of “consequences” for the strikes. but did nothing to stop it.
- The US, UK and France have launched precision airstrikes on military and chemical research sites in Syria in retaliation for the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians last week.
- Both the Syrian government and its ally Russia have condemned the attack as a violation of international law.
- The US has said that any future strikes would depend on whether or not further chemical attacks are carried out but that the country does not seek an “indefinite presence” in Syria.
President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States, United Kingdom and France had launched precision strikes on Syrian military sites believed to be housing chemical weapons facilities following last week’s chemical weapons attack in Douma, which the US said was carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
“The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air,” Trump said of the attack. “These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead.”