According to U.S Officials three different sites were targeted in Syrian territory, after the alleged chemical attack by Bashar Al-Asad’s regime. These sites are suspected to be the main bases for chemical weapons in Syria. The coordinated strikes happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday. Minutes after the attack, the Syrian government tweeted, “Honorable souls cannot be humiliated.”
Russia also responded with very strong language, “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” Anatoly Antonov, the ambassador to the United States, said in a statement. “All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.”
This, of course, is not the first time the Assad Regime has been accused of using chemical weapons. Less than a year ago President Donald Trump ordered a surprisingly similar strike on Syrian soil. The Syrian and Russian governments however, repeatably claim these attacks are fabricated.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims to have “irrefutable data that [this] was yet another staged event and staging was done … by the special services of one of the countries at the forefront of the anti-Russia campaign.” However, According to multiple U.S officials “Assad is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks.”
This week, a Russian diplomat pledged that U.S. missiles would be shot down and American military assets targeted in the event of strikes targeting Syria. As of the moment, there has been no retaliation from Syrian or Russian forces.
Hopefully this continues to be the case.