On April 14, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, a Damascus suburb. The US warships Porter, Cook, and Higgins and French and UK Mirage and Tornado fighters fired over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles at "civilian and military facilities."
Syrian opposition media and activists have circulated reports about the alleged attack in the suburban city of Douma, along with videos allegedly showing deceased victims. Western states have used those videos as proof of Damascus' involvement in the alleged chemical attack in order to launch strikes against Syria.
It seems that Soviet-era air defense systems are "oldies, but goodies" as most of Trump's "nice and smart" missiles had been repelled by "outdated" Damascus' hardware.
A wave of mass demonstrations has swept across cities in the United States and the United Kingdom after President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against Syrian targets over unsubstantiated allegations of Damascus’ involvement in the alleged chemical attack in Douma.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry had said that Syrian air defenses intercepted 71 of more than 100 missiles that the United States, the United Kingdom, France launched on Friday in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma.
PARIS (Sputnik) - The US, the UK and France resorted to strikes against Syria because, unlike Russia, they have suffered a defeat in the country both on the ground and at the negotiating table, and the liberation of Eastern Ghouta was a trigger for the strikes, the leader of the Astana platform of the Syrian opposition, Randa Kassis, told Sputnik.
While the Indian government has chosen the "wait and see" approach to the Syrian crisis, Indian experts who have been closely following the developments in West Asia have opined that Syria has become a playground of the West as the US has a deep interest in the region due to its oil resources.
“Crimes pile up until they become invisible” - When playwright Bertolt Brecht made this observation it was the era of fascism and European colonialism in the 1930s. The world was separated between states privileged by the dint of their power to speak, and the states forced to listen and obey. It was an epoch that culminated in World War II.
Last Friday, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France carried out a massive attack on Syria, launching over 100 missiles at military and civilian targets in the country. The attack was slammed by Damascus and Moscow, with the former calling it "barbaric" and the latter slamming it as an act of aggression against a sovereign state.
On Sunday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Russia-drafted resolution condemning the US, British and French missile strikes against Syria. Sputnik discussed the issue with David Coburn, a British MEP with the UK Independence Party.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has commented on the latest missile launches on Syria carried out by the United States, France and the United Kingdom in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has commented on the April 14 missile attack on Syria, carried out by the United States, France and the United Kingdom in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump was considering an option of a more robust attack on Syria, including targeting some of Russian and Iranian facilities, however, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dissuaded the president, The Wall Street Journal reported citing sources familiar with the decision making process.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that Paris convinced the US administration to "stay in Syria long term."
DHAHRAN (Saudi Arabia) (Sputnik) - The heads of the Arab League states condemn the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities, according to the final statement of the Arab League Summit.
After US-led coalition members hit Syria with over 100 missiles last Friday, the fans from the Syrian Tishreen Football Club pulled no punches while expressing their attitude toward the US administration's recent actions.
Commenting on the Western countries' missile attack against Syria on April 14, the head of the Geopol Consulting think tank, told Sputnik that the US, the UK and France are seeking to disrupt Russia's clout in the region.
The US-led missile strike against Syria, allegedly aimed at suspected chemical weapon sites, has reportedly resulted in the destruction of a pharmaceutical facility used to produce cancer drugs.
Addressing the April 14 missile attack by the US, British and French forces on Syria, Russian political analysts have told Sputnik that the next few months may see the strengthening of Syrian air defense systems.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian strikes send a hidden message to Iran and North Korea, demonstrating readiness to hit a country over alleged possession of mass destruction weapons, even without evidence, Hassan Faraj, a member of the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris (CEDS) and of the Syrian constitutional commission, told Sputnik.
PARIS (Sputnik) - A debate will be held in the lower house of the French parliament on Monday to discuss the recent attack on Syria, head of the chamber Francois de Rugy said Sunday.