Allied coalition strikes Syria

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Allied coalition strikes Syria

Hank Johnson, Staff Writer

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Around 4 am on April 14 President Trump along with support from the UK and France launched strikes, Trump, at a press conference at the White House had this to say:

“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.”

This internationally-coordinated strike was in direct response to the chemical weapons used by Bashar al-Assad on his own citizens. Other than the prospect of bombing another country and the chance that civilians may accidentally die due to the strike, the controversy comes from Syria’s ally. Russia. Since the mid-1940’s Russia has shown open and vigorous support of Syria’s independence from the French and now support for the Assad dictatorship.

During the Syrian Civil War in 2011, one of the revolutions of the Arab Spring,  Russia with China voted against a formal UN Security Council condemnation of the Bashar al-Assad government for alleged attacks on civilians in the city of Homs. Despite international agreement that Assad used chemical weapons on his own citizens, Russia continues to show support. It is believed they continue to show support not because they believe Assad will be an asset to them but to reassert themselves on the global stage, after the fall of the soviet union decreasing their influence. Syria also has something Russia has been chasing after since Peter the Great: a warm water port.

This strike was met with criticism by Russia. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said, “Our warnings have been left unheard, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Although they spoke against the strikes, they made no attempts to shoot the American planes down.