Thursday, April 6, 2017

Syria Attack

From the BBC:
"Syria war: US launches missile strikes in response to chemical 'attack'"

The US has carried out a missile attack against targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. A Pentagon official said about 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from US Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean at a Syrian air base. In a statement, President Donald Trump said the base was where Tuesday's attack was launched from. He called on "all civilised nations" to help end the conflict in Syria. Dozens of civilians, including many children, died in the suspected nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.  A White House spokesman said the site targeted by the cruise missiles "was directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack". "We assess with a high degree of confidence that the chemical weapons attack earlier this week was launched from this site by air assets under the command of the Assad regime," the official said. "We also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime used a chemical nerve agent consistent with Sarin in these attacks."  A statement on Syrian state TV said "American aggression" had targeted a Syrian military base with "a number of missiles" but gave no further details. Earlier on Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signalled a sudden shift in policy by the Trump administration, saying that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should have no role in a future Syria. Only last week the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington was no longer prioritising the removal of the Syrian president.

^  The US and the world did nothing in Aug. 23, 2013 when the Ghouta chemical attack killed hundreds, if not thousands, of people in Syria. That inaction back then (Obama has again shown he has done more harm than good. He did nothing after the 2013 attack which helped lead to this current attack the same way his removing the military from Iraq helped lead to ISIS taking over in Iraq and Syria) allowed this latest chemical attack to happen in Khan Shaykhun. Hopefully, now we are doing something to prevent more chemical attacks from happening. ^

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