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Assessing the Impact of the U.S.-Led Strike on Syria

MIN READApr 16, 2018 | 17:59 GMT

Syrian soldiers inspect the wreckage of a building on April 14, 2018, after the United States, Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

(LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Now that the United States, the United Kingdom and France have carried out their punitive strike on Syria, it's time to assess the outcome. In response to the Syrian government's most recent use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma on April 7, a barrage of 105 cruise missiles converged on targets at three sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program. In the aftermath, the United States has sought to highlight how seriously the strike has damaged Syria's chemical weapons program. But the reality is that the strike was very limited in scope: Several chemical weapons sites (and their delivery infrastructure) remained unscathed and, by the United States' own admission, Damascus still has the ability to carry out chemical attacks....

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