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Syria attack triggered Western action, but on the ground Assad gained

  • Source:www.channelnewsasia.com
  • Date:2018-04-16 23:05

AMMAN: After Syrian forces bombed the town of Douma earlier this month in an attack the United States says involved chlorine gas, Washington and its allies launched missile strikes as punishment.

The retribution has changed little in the course of the seven-year civil war, but the alleged poison gas attack did.

Rebels had held the stronghold of Douma, near the capital Damascus, for years despite repeated offensives. Within hours of the April 7 attack they were in retreat. (Graphics on 'Chemical attacks' - https://tmsnrt.rs/2CnTeQh)

Under pressure from beleaguered residents and facing Russian threats of further such attacks, the rebel group Jaish al-Islam finally agreed to surrender Douma and leave for the Turkish border, Mohammad Alloush, a top official in the movement, said.

By the time the West struck back just under a week later, armed resistance in the areas around the Syrian government's seat of power had all but collapsed, further strengthening the hand of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria and Russia condemned the Western military intervention early on Saturday, and deny the use of chemical weapons in Douma.

  • Source:www.channelnewsasia.com
  • Date:2018-04-16 23:05
Key Words:said,Douma, The,Syrian,Alloush
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