Exclusive: Chuck Norris President Trump tweeted last Wednesday: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
As a result, America and its allies launched airstrikes on Saturday against chemical agent plants, research centers and storage facilities in Syria, particularly around its capital of Damascus. Multiple sites were pelted by coalition forces with around 103 missiles, though the Russia Defense Ministry said Syria’s Soviet-made air defense systems shot down at least 12 cruise missiles aimed at Dumayr air base east of Damascus.
In response, Russia called for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting Saturday as the Kremlin retorted it might now supply S-300 missile systems to Syria, like it had recently done for Iran. (For those who might not know, Russia has supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with military aid since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, and military involvement since 2015.)
The joint attack by U.S., British and French forces was in retaliation for the internationally banned chemical attack by Assad’s forces that killed at least 43 people and injured others (including children) earlier this week in the town of Douma, 27 minutes northeast of Damascus.