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BRITISH STORM SHADOW MISSILES HIT SYRIAN TARGETS
Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Source: MBDA UK


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LONDON -- Storm Shadow cruise missiles struck targets in Syria as part of a multi-national operation. At 0200 U.K. time on April 14, British forces joined close Allies in a precision strike on Syrian installations involved in the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.

The strike was launched as a response to the chemical weapon attack on April 7 in Douma which killed up to 75 people, including young children; a significant body of information, including intelligence, indicates that the Syrian regime was responsible for this latest attack.

As the Prime Minister has made clear, this pattern of behaviour must be stopped, not just to protect innocent people in Syria from these horrific weapons, but also because the erosion cannot be allowed of the international norms that prevent the use of chemical weapons.

Our action is proportionate, specifically aimed at degrading the regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deterring further such appalling acts; it is therefore focused on regime facilities linked to the production and use of chemical weapons.

The U.K. element of the carefully coordinated joint action was contributed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s. They launched Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility - a former missile base - some fifteen miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

RAF Tornados launched Storm Shadow missiles at a regime chemical weapons facility fifteen miles west of Homs, Syria.

Source:  British Ministry of Defense
Associated URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-jets-strike-chemical-weapon-facility-in-syria
Source Date: April 14, 2018
Posted: 04/16/2018

 

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