U.S. says air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program

  • Sunday 15, April 2018 in 11:54 AM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program.
The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus' Barzeh district and two installations near Homs.
 
The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ally Russia, but the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump called the operation a success.
 
He proclaimed on Twitter: "Mission accomplished," echoing former President George W. Bush, whose use of the same phrase in 2003 to describe the U.S. invasion of Iraq was widely ridiculed as violence there dragged on for years.