Syria air strikes
The US, UK and France have carried out air and missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack last Saturday The US says three targets were struck – a research facility in Damascus and storage facilities near Homs Russia said missiles were also aimed at other targets but many were intercepted by air defences President Trump said the allies had “marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality” Russia’s president Putin condemned the strikes and called for an urgent UN meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the “aggression” has redoubled Syria’s determination to “crush terrorism” – BBC News
May: Syria strikes about deterring use of chemical weapons
British prime minister delivers statement following joint strike on Syria in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attack by Assad regime.
Vladimir Putin: Syria air strikes were an “act of aggression”
The launch of air strikes on Syria will negatively impact peace talks, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry has said, according to the state-run RIA news agency. Maria Zakharova said: “This action gives a strong signal to extremists and militants that they are doing right things.” | BBC News
Russia: Syria air defence intercepted 71 missiles
A senior Russian military official has said that Syrian air defence had intercepted at least 71 cruise missiles fired by US, UK and France forces. At a news conference in Moscow on Saturday, Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said at least 103 cruise missiles, including Tomahawks, were fired into a number of targets in Syria. “Russia has fully restored the air defence system of Syria, and it continues to improve it over the last six months,” Rudskoy said. Among those targeted by the US-led operation was the Al-Dumayr military airport outside of Damascus. Russia said all 12 missiles directed at the airport were intercepted. | Al Jazeera English
Mattis: Assad didn’t get the message last year
Defense Secretary James Mattis briefed the press after President Donald Trump announced that the US, UK and France launched precision strikes on Syria.
US and allies strike Syria ‘chemical weapons sites
The United States, France, and the UK have taken military action against Syria in response to last Saturday’s suspected chemical attack in Douma that killed at least 85 people and affected hundreds others. The targets of the US-led airstrikes are reportedly President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons production facilities. | Al Jazeera English