WASHINGTON (AP) April 14, 2018 — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.S., France and Britain launched joint military strikes after gathering evidence that Syrian armed forces had used chemical weapons.
Le Drian said in an interview Saturday on French TV channel TF1 that they were able to verify that gas was used, including “chlorine undoubtedly.”
The strikes earlier Saturday were a response to Bashar Assad’s government using suspected chemical weapons on its people on April 7, killing 40 civilians in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region.
The French minister says the chemical attacks occurred during an offensive by the Syrian armed forces “at a time when there was resistance that Bashar Assad wanted to eliminate more quickly.”
Le Drian says Assad “is a regular user of chemical weapons” and had to be stopped.
The Syrian Central Military Media released a video showing missiles over the city of Damascus during the airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain. (April 14)