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Syria strikes by US and allies raise stakes, present Russia with dilemma

WASHINGTON - The strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria's multiple weapons and military installations late on Friday (April 13) night were several orders of magnitude greater than the 59 missiles US President Donald Trump fired at a single Syrian air base last year.

Though Syrian President Bashar Assad moved several assets including warplanes to Iran in recent days in anticipation of the attacks, significant damage would still have been done to his military capability.

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