Was It a Successful Mission?
The world was watching when President Donald Trump vowed to act militarily against the Assad regime following an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb. Indeed, the American president was true to his word as the US and its allies on Saturday launched targeted air strikes in Syria.
The question now is, was it a “mission accomplished” for these world powers to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons sites?
The two sides have their own ‘say’ after the attacks on Syria.
President Donald Trump declared “mission accomplished” on Saturday after the U.S.-led predawn airstrikes in Syria.
Pentagon officials called the targeted airstrikes a “very serious blow” at “the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program.”
Pentagon officials said 76 missiles were fired at a Syrian research and development center in greater Damascus, while 22 targeted a storage facility and seven were aimed at a chemical weapons bunker, both west of the city of Homs. The missiles struck at 4 a.m. local time Saturday (9 p.m. ET Friday).
“The three facilities are – or more appropriately now, were – fundamental components to the regime’s chemical weapons infrastructure,” McKenzie said. “I’d use three words to describe this operation: precise, overwhelming and effective.”
Assad Regime and Russia Say otherwise
Amid the declaration of President Trump that it was a mission accomplished after chemical weapons targets were hit, both the Syrian regime and Russia claimed they intercepted missiles that entered Syria. In fact, Russian military made claims that Syria took down 71 of more than 100 missiles launched.]
Colonel general Sergei Rudskoi, the Russian military’s general staff claimed they intercepted such a high proportion of the missiles. The Russian military official asserted the strikes had not caused any casualties and that the Syrian military facilities targeted had suffered only minor damage.
In addition, Syrian state TV said the army’s air defenses were responding to the attack. The Syrian air defenses hit 13 rockets south of Damascus.
US and France Denounce The Chemical Attack in Douma
Saturday’s attack against the people in Douma has drawn strong condemnation among world leaders. After a phone call. both France and the United States vowed that Assad will be held accountable for the attack.
After the phone call, the White House issued a statement saying that “both leaders strongly condemned” the attack and agreed that the government of President Bashar al-Assad “must be held accountable.” They vowed to “coordinate a strong, joint response.”
Trump asserted that punishments for those responsible would be forthcoming soon.
“If it’s Russia, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out and we’ll know the answers quite soon,” he said. “So we’re looking at that very strongly and very seriously.”
Chemical Attack in Douma
The suspected chemical attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region was said to have killed 50 people.
It was alleged that bombs filled with toxic chemicals were dropped by Syrian government forces.
The alleged attack drew condemnation in the suburb and it was said more than 500 patients – most of them women and children – were brought to medical facilities with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.
There has been no proof of a chemical attack. That is because there was no chemical attack. A bigger game is being played here. We’re keeping it quiet until it is over in a short time. The mainstream media has no idea what is going on, but they are pushing for war. Don’t worry.