Airstrikes on Syria: What You Need to Know
A collation of American, British, and French forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the Syrian capital of Damascus early Saturday morning. The strikes, which targeted chemical weapon facilities, were in response to the Assad regime’s widely-condemned decision to use chemical weapons on civilian populations in rebel-held territory. Syria, as well as Russia and Iran, were quick to denounce the coalition airstrikes and moved to have the United Nations Security Council label the move as an illegal act of aggression on Syria. The Security Council rejected the resolution condemning the airstrikes, as it was unable to garner necessary support within the chamber. The strikes, which targeted three facilities, were intentionally intense but brief, as to not drag the West into war with Russia and Iran, both of whom have troops deployed in Syria. The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Hayley, indicated that Russia would face new sanctions for their armed support of the Assad regime later this week.