SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – The US, British and French armed forces attacked Syria from the air on Saturday morning in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. Bombing became the largest military action of the Western powers against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
US President Donald Trump announced the use of military force during his speech at the White House late on Friday. According to him, the explosions rocked Damascus. Trump stated that he was ready to continue the response until the Assad government ceased to use chemical weapons.
British Prime Minister Teresa Mei and French President Emmanuel Macron said that Britain and France joined the attack.
The seven-year civil war in Syria set up the United States and its allies against Russia, which itself intervened in the war in 2015 to support Assad.
Syrian state media said that the attack was doomed to failure, and called it “a flagrant violation of international law.” The Russian ambassador to the United States said that Moscow had warned that such “actions would not be without consequences.”