Why countries choose air strikes as a coercive tool

Following his April 11 tweet that missiles "will be coming" in Syria, President Donald Trump on Friday night announced US air strikes on multiple sites, including Damascus.

The targeted sites were ones believed to be capable of storing chemical weapons and/or chemical precursors. The strikes were carried out in retaliation for last week's alleged chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Why countries choose air strikes as a coercive tool'. Print Edition | Subscribe