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On April 7, 2018, the Syrian government launched a chemical weapons strike against the city of Douma in an attempt to clear the rebels and return the region to government control. The government of President Bashar al-Assad denied that the attack had occurred, alleging that it was staged by Western governments. In response, the United States led a coalition with France and the United Kingdom to carry out a limited airstrike against Assad’s chemical weapons facilities. The strikes were deemed successful, but they had little lasting impact on ending the long-running Syrian civil war.