US Launches Military Strikes In Syria

US strikes an airbase in Syria in retaliation to the chemical attack. 50 to 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired.

Washington (D.C.): The United States on Thursday, April 6, launched an attack on the Syrian airbase in retaliation to the chemical airstrike that killed more than 100 civilians and wounded about 500.

“I ordered a military strike on the airbase from where the attack was launched,” said President Donald Trump in a video statement released by the White House. About 50 to 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired into Syria, as per the reports.

Assad chocked out the lives of children and women, even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered, Trump said in the video.

There is no dispute that Syria has used “banned chemical weapons.” The region is deeply destabilized threatening the US and its allies, he said. Peace and harmony will in the end prevail, he concluded.

The attack on Tuesday was one of the deadliest attacks in the recent years, according to the Syrian activist groups. The attack resembled the 2013 attacks conducted by Bashar al-Assad Government on multiple cities in Syria.

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that there is “no doubt” that the Assad regime is behind the attack. Tillerson spoke much more harshly Thursday than his initial reaction to the attack when he said that the Syrians would decide about their own leader.

Trump administration has shifted its policy on the attack soon after. At the United Nation, Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, spoke emotionally about the tragedy. Haley showed the pictures of children gasping for air after inhaling poisonous gas brought by the attack. Her harsh rhetoric and clear message indicated a shift in the policy.

Trump later condemned the attack, and when a reporter asked for his policy, he said that they would soon find out. He said that there wouldn’t be any element of surprise if he revealed it.

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Experts ask for Trump’s Strategy on Syria

Recent US air strikes in Syria attacking an airbase from where poisonous chemical gas was leaked causing many deaths begs the question about Trump’s strategy on Syria.

Washington D.C: The recent US airstrikes in Syria in retaliation to the chemical attacks that killed more than 100 civilians, raises the question of what’s next in Syria. How serious is Trump in engaging in that country and how far he can go?

No sooner the US attacked an airbase in Syria than the place is back to its regular operation — just within a day. Not just that, there is even a chemical attack on Saturday, April 8, that killed at least one Syrian. These provoking events, ensuing the US attack in Syria, precipitated the need for a long-term strategy in Syria from the US President Donald Trump.

Trump has said that he could shift his position on anything anytime. He can be unpredictable. When it comes to Syria, his administration’s first reaction to the chemical attack was that the Syrians would be deciding their leader. But that stand soon changed leading to the intervention. Now, another chemical attack in Syria, most likely by Assad Government, is testing Trump’s seriousness in his engagement in Syria.

This is not the first chemical attack in Syria. The Assad Government has killed thousands of its own civilians since the revolution that had taken inspiration from the revolt in Tunisia. Assad had crushed the revolution to a greater extent, and in doing so he used chemical weapons against the upsurge, showing Syrians his strength and the price for going against him.

Obama administration had warned Assad and drew redline cautioning him that America would interfere if he crossed the line. Assad crossed it by attacking his people with poisonous gas in 2013. The moderates who were fighting against the Assad regime wanted the US to interfere, but the US didn’t act to their disappointment.

From Obama’s perspective, interference meant boots on grounds and committing to fight till Assad regime fell, which made little sense keeping in view the American interests in the region. As per reports, Obama studied the case of interference and decided against it, as it could make the situation in Syria even worse.

Obama critics argue that America’s restraint at the time provided opportunity for Russia in the region. Russia was successful to an extent to make him give up chemicals used for attacks. Later, Russia supported Assad Government and apposed ISIS, which by then had occupied multiple cities in Syria and had expanded to Iraq. Iran and China also have accepted Assad as the legitimate leader.

The US has been fighting ISIS in Iraq. The US interference in Syria with a long-term strategy would strengthen ISIS in Syria, as Assad becomes weak. Trump has announced that his fight against terrorism would continue in the Middle East.

At the same time, the airstrike in Syria also distanced Russia and Iran from the US. The recent attack after the US airstrike in Syria can be seen as an act of provocation to test Trump. Now, the experts ask for Trump’s strategy on Syria.

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70 Civilians killed in Chemical Attack in Syria; 200 Wounded

One of the deadliest chemical attacks in recent years takes innocent lives including children and women

Washington: In a deadly chemical attack Tuesday in Syria’s Idlib province, 70 civilians, including at least 10 children, were reportedly killed, and more than 200 injured.

So far, 45 bodies have been identified and many casualties came as a result of inhaling “poisonous gas.”

The attack, which has been condemned by the international leaders, is suspected to be one of the deadliest ones in the recent years, according to the Syrian activist groups who blame their Government for the blast.

“Today around 7:30 a.m., about 125 injuries arrived to our hospital. Twenty-five of them were already dead, 70 to 80 percent of the wounded people were kids and women,” a doctor in a hospital told CNN.

The videos on social media purported to be taken at the site show scenes of some children dead and others on oxygen masks, and rescue workers spraying water on the children.

Doctors told CNN that tests had to be conducted to find out if the chemical attacks used Sarin Gas, a poisonous gas used earlier in 2013 attacks on multiple Syrian cities by the Assad Government.

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