US Fired More Than 118 Missiles at Syria. Russia Is Scared (PHOTOS)

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The US fired more than 118 missiles on Syria on Friday night in precision strikes. This is a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack last weekend.

Source: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

US Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed that the US used more than twice as many missiles as it did in a 2017 strike on Syria’s Sharyat Airbase on April 7, 2017.  That attack used 59 Tomahawk missiles, and was ordered by President Donald Trump, who said the action was in response to a chemical attack three days earlier.

“We used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year,” Mattis said on Friday. “We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time it was a heavy strike,” he said.

Source: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Friday’s strike was launched in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack last Saturday which killed dozens of people, and injured scores more.

Britain and France joined in the military action. In a statement on Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized — within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world. We would have preferred an alternative path. But on this occasion there is none.

Source: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

As we said earlier, satellite images reveal almost all of Russian warships are gone from Tartus port in Syria, in likely preparation for the strike on the country by the United States.

What’s going on?

In case you’ve missed the reason for the situation got harder, Nexter.org explains what’s going on.

  • At least 60 people were killed in Saturday’s suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, Syrian relief workers said.
  • Almost 500 people were being treated for “symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals”, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
  • However, the Syrian government and Russia refused the reports are true.
  • On Tuesday, Russia and the United States met at the United Nations in an attempt to stave off a military confrontation in Syria but failed as Russia and western allies were unable to compromise on a concerted international response to the use of chemical weapons.
  • US President Trump described the attack as “sick” and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Trump threatened that there would be a “big price to pay” for the deaths.
  • Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on talks with Western allies about possible military action to punish Assad for the suspected gas attack.
  • US President Trump described the attack as “sick” and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Trump threatened that there would be a “big price to pay” for the deaths.

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