US, UK and France launch air strikes in Syria

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The US, UK and France have launched air strikes against alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities in response to chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb a week ago, the Guardian reported a short while ago.

The Pentagon said the air strikes, which began at 4am Syrian time, involved planes and ship-launched missiles, more than a hundred weapons in all.

Officials named three targets: a scientific research centre in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and another storage site and command post nearby.

“Right now, we have no additional attacks planned. This is a one-time shot,” US defence secretary James Mattis said.

However, in a televised address from the White House earlier to announce the strikes, Donald Trump said the US and its allies would strike again if there were more chemical weapons attacks by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” he said.

Referring to last Saturday’s chemical weapons attack reported to have killed over 70 people, Trump said. “These are not actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead.”

After Trump finished his seven-minute address, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron made separate announcements of British and French participation, stressing that the strikes were limited to Syrian regime chemical facilities, and had no wider goals.

Explosions were reported in Damascus moments after Trump’s address.

The Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, has issued a statement threatening “consequences”.

“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris,” Antonov’s statement said.

The Pentagon said in the immediate aftermath of the strikes that while there had been some Syrian air defence fire, it was not clear whether Russian air defences in Syria had gone into action.

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  • sach Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:14 AM

    wonder what the peace lobby in SL of course funded by west would say to this? Arent NO WAR placards available now?

    Veerasingham Saturday, 14 April 2018 12:16 PM

    Think internationally and don’t bring in the Sri Lankan situation into this. What we are seeing is mighty Western forces attacking a single third world country using total fabrications.

    Jude Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:18 AM

    Now UN and UNHRC, lets see the count of Civilians casualties from these air attacks!!???? Yeah!

    JJ Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:49 PM

    Civilian casualties zero. Precision strikes with cruise missiles.

    rajitha7 Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:19 AM

    The planning and intelligence for this op would have taken weeks. Yet, the alleged "chemical attack" only occurred this week. The chemical attack was just a front set up by the USA and its allies to mount an assault on Syria without a UN mandate. Its similar to the WMD excuse used against Iraq a few years back. The USA has always been in a war with someone since inception.

    Amila Abeysekera Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:00 PM

    Another one of those all knowing dum Sri Lankans. Should be appointed to the high council.

    Jaffna Logic Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:27 AM

    Where is the hard evidence that the Syrians who were winning the war had used Chemical wepons? None. They said similar thing 16 years ago about Saddam Hussain possessing Chemical wepons before invading and destroying Iraq. The West has no scruples.

    sach Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:52 PM

    Much like american and norwegian attack on SL regarding war crimes.

    Amila Abeysekera Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:03 PM

    Email and request the hard evidence from all the kids impacted from war criminal Asad.

    weera Sunday, 15 April 2018 08:47 AM

    Didn't you see the children including infants suffering in agony from breathing the gas fumes? It was a horrible sight to watch. If you saw that, you won't

    Akila Saturday, 14 April 2018 11:27 AM

    Shocking part is they didn't even give OPCW team a chance to report back with their findings , new axis of evil US ,UK , France

    Damian Saturday, 14 April 2018 11:28 AM

    These Americans think their god almighty, just murderers who can’t mind their business

    Vignes Saturday, 14 April 2018 12:50 PM

    You can't kill your child and say my family business .world should act of there is issues for people

    Sira Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:44 PM

    You are talking bullshit.

    Ravi Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:23 PM

    You seem very gullible,how can three white countries decide among themselves and attack a non- white countryin this modern age using unsubstantiated allegations.

    BILLA BRAVO Saturday, 14 April 2018 03:25 PM

    TRY TO BECOME RICH. RICH RULE THE WORLD

    sachith Saturday, 14 April 2018 04:12 PM

    This is not a new thing. This is how new world orders work. There must be a war to sell weapons. They dont care about civilians deaths, they just want money. The problem with SL is nothing but no war. If war continued, these countries would earn billions of dollars.

    Bapa Saturday, 14 April 2018 05:15 PM

    This was staged as purported attack, pls stage to keep out the proxies led by the west!!

    Keyzer Sose Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:03 PM

    Welcome to the start of the 3rd world war........Trust me, Putin will retaliate for sure, more than the money, it"s about pride.

    Yahiya Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:16 PM

    West is eye washing of entire world. How many time

    perera Saturday, 14 April 2018 07:57 PM

    Serving Syrian people with Cruise Missiles.

    Anura Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:33 PM

    Another wave of refugees are inviting to Europe.

    Senewi Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:27 PM

    The Western Evil Frontline in action.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:07 PM

    Before Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Buddha Told karma will follow,( bad will bring us to harmfulness, good will bring us to Heaven) It means Every action have reaction but not rejection from action. In this world everybody are being watched by God.

    ERI Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:54 PM

    BS...

    gigi Monday, 16 April 2018 07:55 AM

    Thing about 3 powerful countries together to attack one 3rd world country, they are preparing for there one eye God arrival (anti christ). syria is holly land and Jesus will return to that country. every thing working as planed. next will be WW 3.

    5555 Monday, 16 April 2018 09:47 AM

    Christianity will kill the rest of the world to spread there false faith.You can see it's happening all over the Middle East.


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