The recent strike by the three major powers against Syria was no more than a message to the Syrian regime over its use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Damascus’ suburbs. American, French and British missiles targeted military sites and research centers inside Syria. The US, France and Britain claimed these were locations linked to the manufacture, transportation and use of chemical weapons. No casualties of civilian and military personnel were reported, which confirms that the regime and its allies were expecting the strikes in these locations in advance.
Conveying a message
Addressing Iranian influence is the first objective of these countries, with increasingly clear discussions on removing Iran and its militias from Syria as an absolute precondition to reaching a solution to the crisis in the country.Ali Al-Amin