Behind the Joint Airstrikes in Syria

Published April 19th, 2018 - 10:47 GMT

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On Saturday, the USA, UK and France launched strikes against Chemical compounds inside Syria. The strike and the rhetoric around it represent a new phase of the Syrian War- a war that only six months ago looked like it was beginning to wind down. As the standoff between Western powers and Russia seems to deepen, we look at the military assets involved in and around the Mediterranean. 

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday (AFP)
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Image 1 of 6:  1 / 6Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday (AFP)

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A French flag flies above French naval technicians working on the flight deck of the aircraft (AFP)
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Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (AFP)
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Image 3 of 6:  3 / 6Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (AFP)

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This US Navy photo obtained on Apr. 11, 2018 shows sailors as they man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, on Apr. 9, 2018. (AFP)
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Image 4 of 6:  4 / 6This US Navy photo obtained on Apr. 11, 2018 shows sailors as they man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, on Apr. 9, 2018. (AFP)

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The Russian missile cruiser Moskva patrols in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria (AFP)
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Image 5 of 6:  5 / 6The Russian missile cruiser Moskva patrols in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria (AFP)

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An image grab from a video released by the Syrian Civil Defense shows hospital volunteers giving aid to children after an alleged chemical attack in Douma on Saturday (AFP)
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Image 6 of 6:  6 / 6An image grab from a video released by the Syrian Civil Defense shows hospital volunteers giving aid to children after an alleged chemical attack in Douma on Saturday (AFP)

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday (AFP)

Image 1 of 6Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday (AFP)

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A French flag flies above French naval technicians working on the flight deck of the aircraft (AFP)

Image 2 of 6A French flag flies above French naval technicians working on the flight deck of the aircraft (AFP)

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (AFP)

Image 3 of 6Guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (AFP)

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This US Navy photo obtained on Apr. 11, 2018 shows sailors as they man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, on Apr. 9, 2018. (AFP)

Image 4 of 6This US Navy photo obtained on Apr. 11, 2018 shows sailors as they man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, on Apr. 9, 2018. (AFP)

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The Russian missile cruiser Moskva patrols in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria (AFP)

Image 5 of 6The Russian missile cruiser Moskva patrols in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria (AFP)

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An image grab from a video released by the Syrian Civil Defense shows hospital volunteers giving aid to children after an alleged chemical attack in Douma on Saturday (AFP)

Image 6 of 6An image grab from a video released by the Syrian Civil Defense shows hospital volunteers giving aid to children after an alleged chemical attack in Douma on Saturday (AFP)

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