Syria strikes fail to alter Assad’s calculus on chemical weapons, reveals risk-averse US administration despite recent changes

Following a week of tensions and speculations in the wake of President Donald Trump’s threat to retaliate against the use of chemical weapons against the opposition enclave of Ghouta, multiple strikes were carried out by assets belonging to the US, France and the UK. The strikes targeted three main sites, including the Barzah research centre in Damascus, and two storages facilities west of Homs. Further reports that additional facilities were targeted have not been confirmed by any official sources.

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