In the biggest intervention by western powers US, British and French forces against Syrian president Bashar Al Assad they pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to poison gas attacks that killed many innocent people last week.
On Late Friday, Donald Trump announced the military action from the White house on Syria in response of Chemical attacks last week.
Syria seven year old civil war has pitted the US and its allies against Russia which itself intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad.
Their targets were one scientific facility base near the capital Damascus and the two storage facilities in the City of Homs.
Air strike which lasted for 70 minutes includes Naval and Air force units of these countries. 4 RAF Tornadoes targeted at 15 miles west of Homs where it is thought that Assad’s regime is stockpiling chemical weapons.
The cruise missile is 5 metre(16 feet) long and has range of 300 miles. They had already been programmed to find their target using global positioning system (GPS).
British Prime minister Theresa May called this attack ‘right and legal’ and strikes were not about intervening in a Civil war or regime change but to ensure Chemical weapons were not used again.
She also said”There is no graver decision for a Prime minister than to commit our forces to combat and this is the first time I have to do so”.
Donald Trump commented “response of evil and despicable” chemical attacks.
He said: ” The purpose of our actions is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons establishing this deterrent is a vital national security of the US”.
To Iran and Russia I ask what kind of regime wants to be assosciated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children.
“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No state can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murdered dictators.
While French president Emmanuel Macron said” The fact and the responsibility of the Syrian regime(for Saturday’s attack) are not in any doubt. The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed.
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the US condemned the attack and said “there would be consequences. The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard. A Pre -designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible”.
Vladimir Putin said it had a destructive influence on the entire system of international relations and would called for an emergency meeting of United Nation of Security Council.
Although Syrian state media called the airstrike ” flagrant violation of international law”, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Israel, a close US ally, and NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg supported the air strikes in order to degrade the Assad’s regime ability to launch chemical weapons against its own people.