US, UK, and France attack Syria
On Monday, April 9, 2018, a strike was made on a Syrian airbase early in the morning. The U.S. denied striking the base. Russia has blamed Israel for the strike. Israel has not confirmed striking the airbase.
The attack was most likely a result of the gas attack on Syrian civilians, which according to the BBC, killed at least 70. CNN reported that 500 people were injured in the attack. This has been the eighth Syrian gas attack since President Trump has been in office. Russia has claimed that the gas attack was staged.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that two Israeli F-15 fighters launched the airstrikes on the airbase. Iran vows to retaliate against Israel for the recent attacks.
According to the New York Times, 14 people were killed in the strike. Nationalities of the people killed were Syrian, Arab, and Asian.
Israel previously struck the base in February after an Iranian drone had launched from the airbase and entered Israeli airspace.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, President Trump warned Russia to "get ready" for a missile strike on Syria.
President Trump tweeted on April 11, 2018, "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!"
On Friday, April 16, 2018, the US, UK, and France fired missiles upon Syrian military compounds suspected to be a part of the gas attack on April 9. This attack set Syrian chemical weapons and research back years.