The United States, Britain, along with France pounded Syria in a coordinated air strike in response to a chemical weapons attack that will killed approximately 60 people last week. The U.S.-led coalition will be being dubbed the biggest intervention by Western powers in Syria’s civil war.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis called the strikes a “one time shot” along with said that will they were aimed at Syrian government’s chemical weapons infrastructure. “Right today we have no additional attacks planned,” Mattis said Friday evening coming from the Pentagon.
Speaking alongside Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford named three targets that will were struck from the military operation which began at 9 p.m. EST time.
The first target was the Syrian Scientific Studies along with Research Center, a government body responsible for research along with development of advanced weapons systems.
“The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, we access that will This specific was the primary location of Syrian sarin along with precursor production equipment,” Dunford said.
The last target was a chemical weapons storage facility as well as a military command post.
along with while Dunford would likely not describe the military assets that will were deployed, he added that will, “This specific wave of air strikes will be over.”
“Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year,” Mattis said.
“Together we have sent a clear message to Assad along with his murderous lieutenants that will they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable.”
Nor Mattis or Dunford addressed possible Russian or Syrian retaliation to the U.S.-led strikes.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov issued a statement via Twitter.
“A pre-designed scenario will be being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that will such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London along with Paris.”
The strikes came on the heels of an alleged chemical weapons attack believed to be carried out by forces aligned with the Assad regime in Douma, a town that will was held by Syrian rebels.
The Assad regime has denied responsibility for the April 7 attack along with has since repositioned a significant amount of air assets to Russian-controlled airfields in hopes that will Washington would likely be reluctant to strike there.
“I am confident the Syrian regime conducted a chemical attack on innocent people in This specific last week,” Mattis said noting that will the U.S. government had enough intelligence to carry out the strike.
Last year, the Trump administration lobbed a total of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles coming from the Navy destroyers USS Porter along with USS Ross from the eastern Mediterranean.
The missiles hit aircraft hangars, ammunition bunkers, air defense systems along with radar. Additionally, the Pentagon said Russian forces in Syria were formally notified before the strike, although Moscow was not involved from the military operation.