NEED TO KNOW: Strikes against syria WITH Iain Ballantyne

On 7th April there was a chemical attack against civilians in Douma, Syria. 70 people were reportedly killed and 1,000 people suffered effects from the attack. The bombs in question were suspected to be filled with chemical munitions such as chlorine gas and Sarin.

As with previous incidents of this nature, France, the UK and US governments accused the Syrian government as being responsible. French, UK and US forces launched joint strikes against targets on 14th April despite threats from the Russian government to retaliate against any strikes to their interests in Syria.

On this episode of "Need to Know" we are joined by Author Iain Ballantyne and we discuss the strikes against Syria and the wider implications of those strikes from a naval perspective. 

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