- Strikes are in retaliation for a poison gas attack that killed up to 75 people people on April 7
- Trump said combined operation with France and UK will continue until Assad stops using chemical weapons
- Warned Russia and Iran about their association with Assad, saying they’ll ‘be judged by the friends they keep’
- British Prime Minister Theresa May described the coalition air assault as a ‘limited and targeted’
- French President Emmanuel Macron said the ‘red line’ set by France in May of 2017 ‘had been crossed’
- Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter: ‘Honorable souls cannot be humiliated’
- Syrian state-run TV said three civilians have been wounded on the attack on a military base in Homs
Opinion: While it is too early for a complete assessment and potential repercussions, here is what we know so far from multiple sources:
- The attack began around 9 pm ET on Friday, April 13
- The US was joined by UK and France
- The attack consisted of 3 waves of strikes and are now complete
- Russia was not pre-notified about the attacks
- Double the number of weapons was used compared to last year’s Syria strike, when 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched
- Targets were air bases and chemical weapon production facilities in Damascus and Homs
- Regime and Russia condemn what they call a ‘flagrant violation’, but have not retaliated so far
President Trump explained that the airstrikes were designed to discourage further production and use of chemical weapons.
“Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States,” he stated. “The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic and diplomatic. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
Russia responds. “Here is the full statement posted by Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anataoly Antonov: “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. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris. Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.
The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”
US Troops in Syria:
Right now, there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, working as advisers to the Syrian Defense Forces or providing other support to local militias battling the Islamic State.
Pray for the safety of US forces and all parties involved in Syria as the prophetic scenario found in Isaiah 17:1,14 comes into view.
(see video of the Russian response in Today’s Headlines (here)
(for more on Isaiah 17 see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 6 here)