President Donald Trump said U.S., British and French forces had launched airstrikes targeting sites associated with Syria’s chemical-weapons capabilities, a reprisal for an attack last week that killed at least 43 civilians and injured hundreds more.
The decision to strike was aimed at cutting off the production and use of chemical weapons in the country, Mr. Trump said at the White House on Friday night.
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” he said.
In brief remarks, Mr. Trump blamed “Russia’s failure” for the suspected chemical attack in Syria, saying Moscow had vowed to stop the use of such weapons in the country. He said Russia must now decide whether to continue down a “dark path” in Syria or become a force for “stability and peace.”
“Hopefully, someday, we’ll get along with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “But maybe not.”
The strikes were a culmination of a weeklong international push to punish the regime of President Bashar al-Assad after images and videos emerged Saturday from the Syrian city of Douma suggesting civilians—including children—had suffered in the attack.
Syria and its chief patron, Russia, have denied any chemical weapons were used in Douma, but assessments from nongovernmental organizations in Syria concluded at least 43 people died from a suspected chemical attack and 500 more were injured.
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