U.S.-led forces strike chemical targets in Syria
April 13, 2018 -- The U.S., Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against targets within Syria in response to the alleged Douma chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, say airstrikes launched Friday evening were designed to inflict “maximum damage” to Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
More than 100 missiles fired from ships and manned aircraft struck three of Syria’s main chemical weapons facilities, Mattis and Dunford said.
The targets included the Centre D’Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques an alleged chemical and biological weapons research facility in the Damascus suburb of Jamraya as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs. A third target, also near Homs, contained both a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and a command and control centre.