Trump Bombs Syria After Russia Warns Not To

The U.S. just launched a military attack on Syria

After a horrible chemical attack on Tuesday that left dozens of victims and hundreds more affected, Donald Trump just responded by hugely escalating the situation in Syria. Trump just bombed Syria, the first time the US has directly targeted Syrian government forces, which are allied to Russia and Iran. Earlier Thursday, Russia warned that there would be “negative consequences” if the US targeted Syria, Reuters reported.

According to the BBC, a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity, just declared that around 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired against a Syrian air base. This is, apparently, the same base where Tuesday’s attack came from. Al-Jazeera also mentioned that President Donald Trump declared the strikes on Syria were of “vital national security interest” for the country, and

“He called on “civilised nations” to join US in “seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria”.

The Guardian published Trump’s remarks to reporters in Florida:

“My fellow Americans, On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the UN security council.” 

According to The Washington Post, it is still unsure if these first strikes are part of a bigger campaign against al-Assad’s regime or if the White House had any previous contact with Russia. There were Russians operating at the airbase, and could have been very near the targeted area. The White House reportedly gave Russia advanced warning about the attack, in part, to avoid directly striking Russians.

However, the recent events increase the involvement of the United States in the Syrian conflict, putting the country in a possible direct confrontation with Syria, as well as with Russia and Iran, since these countries are all allied to and support al-Assad’s regime. In addition, America’s intervention adds to the already extremely complex the Syrian conflict is.

This is a developing story.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.