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Syria's war: Allies and opponents

Syria's war: Allies and opponents
From Al Jazeera - April 16, 2018

The US was joined in these attacks by two allies, the UK and France, but they are not the only countries on the US' side.

There have been clear, constant alliances at play since the beginning of the Syrian war.

NATO

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday that all NATO allies back Syria air attacks carried out by the US, UK and France on chemical weapons targets in Syria.

He went on to say that the attacks were "intended to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability" and deter further chemical attacks on civilians such as the one in Douma.

UK

Theresa May came under fire in the UK parliament for bypassing parliament in her decision to order UK involvement, but in a televised press conference she said "there was no alternative".

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this, but our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted," she added.

France

According to French defence ministry officials, its military fired 12 missiles during Saturday's attack on Syria, and there was no indication the missiles had been intercepted.

China

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