World How are the latest Syria airstrikes different from last year's?

19:31  14 april  2018
19:31  14 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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“ Last year and this year our hotel was full in the summer time”, said Rami Ibrahim, from the But the commanding performance has served to highlight only further how divided the party is . An oilfield in eastern Syria was the target of overnight RAF airstrikes , the Defence Secretary, has confirmed.

Trump' s red line: Speed in which President launched airstrikes against Syria lays bare just how different he Obama administration did eventually launch airstrikes in Syria the following year in its fight It resulted in the military strikes causing an element of surprise for many late on Thursday night.

Smoke trails a missile as the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires Tomahawk land attack missiles in this still image from Pentagon's video released on April 14, 2018. U.S. Navy Lt. j.g Matthew Daniels/Handout via © HANDOUT / REUTERS Smoke trails a missile as the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires Tomahawk land attack missiles

The White House and Pentagon are insisting the airstrikes the U.S. carried out with its allies overnight differ from the strikes the U.S. conducted last April, after a different chemical weapons attack attributed to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime.

"Mission Accomplished!" President Trump tweeted Saturday morning, after what he declared as a "perfectly executed strike." 

It was nearly exactly one year ago that the U.S. carried out airstrikes on Syria, marking one of Mr. Trump's most decisive actions in office at the time. But, the U.S. believes, Assad's regime was still responsible for yet another attack on Sunday.

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But Obama did launch airstrikes in Syria a year later , as the US began a military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria . The nearly three- year war against ISIS has led to a steady stream of US bombings from manned aircraft, drones and missiles fired from warships.

How does the American justification for its intervention in Syria differ from Russia' s ? That’ s the most persuasive argument in favor of the airstrikes in Syria by the U. S . and some others. This is somewhat different from the justification for the U.K. attack against terrorists plotting attacks from Syria against

So, how did these latest strikes differ from the ones conducted last year? Here are a few key distinctions.

The number of missiles fired

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said this year's strikes involved about "double" the number of weapons. The Pentagon clarified on Saturday that this year's strikes involved 105 missiles, compared to 59 last year.

The number of targets

This year, the U.S. and her allies locked in on three targets, all believed to be associated with the regime's chemical weapons program, compared with just one target, an airbase, last year. 

The involvement of U.S. allies

The U.S. coordinated the attacks with British and French forces this year. Last year, the U.S. carried out the missile attacks on its own. 

Still, that doesn't mean the overnight strikes share no similarities with last year's. It remains to be seen whether the strikes will actually stop Assad from using chemical weapons. The Pentagon says the strikes have significantly crippled the regime's chemical weapons ability.

Iraq carries out air strikes on Islamic State in Syria .
Iraq carried out air strikes on IS positions in Syria a week after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats.F-16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

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