Defence in the Media: Monday 16 April 2018

Today’s defence-related news continues to be dominated by reaction to the airstrikes carried out by the UK, US and France against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.

Airstrikes against Syria

There is further widespread coverage of the air strikes on Syria across broadcast, print and digital media. The coverage mainly focuses on the Prime Minister's anticipated comments to Parliament at 15:30 today. Coverage also focuses on May’s decision to call an emergency debate, the retaliation from Russia and an assessment of the effectiveness of the attacks.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said

The reprehensible use of chemical weapons in Douma is further evidence of the Syrian regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people. We will not stand by whilst innocent civilians, including women and children, are killed and made to suffer.

The international community has responded decisively with legal and proportionate military force. Let these united actions send a clear message to the regime – the use of chemical weapons is categorically unacceptable and you will be held to account.

The story was widely covered across all national outlets, with The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Express, The Daily Mirror, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent all reporting on the strikes.

A Tornado on the pan with two Storm Shadows underneath it.