Friday, April 7, 2017

President Tump attacks Syria with cruise missiles in reaction to ''Syrian chemical bombardment''

The United States has for the first time interved directly in Syria in the seven years that the conflict is running in that country.  On Friday it fired 59 cruise missiles at a government-controlled airbase in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town that killed scores of civilians.
The Pentagon said the Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield, targeting the base from where US officials believe Tuesday's attack in Khan Sheikhoun had been launched. At least six people were killed in the early morning strike, according to the Syrian army, which denounced the US "aggression" as a violation of international law.
US President Donald Trump said in a televised statement after the strike: "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."
 In a statement of the Syrian SANA news agency however read on television, the Syrian military said the US strikes were done on a "pretext" of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, without the full facts being disclosed.It also said the attack, which caused extensive to the base, made the US a partner of "terrorist groups".
Russia, a key military ally of the Assad government, strongly condemned the strikes, saying Washington's action would "inflict major damage on US-Russia ties", according to Russian news agencies. Russia suspended the agreement with the USA about the coordination to avoid collsions in the air above Syrian territtory when executing airstikes. 
The Pentagon said that Russia had been notified ahead of the operation - but US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington had "sought no approval from Moscow".
Te American strikes were also strongly condemned by Iran. However Saudi Arabia voiced support. Turkey said it viewd them positively, Britain said the US action was an appropriate response to the "barbaric chemical weapons attack" launched by the Syrian government and Italy, Israel, and Australia also lauded the attacks.
On Tuesday more than 70 people died and hundreds were wounded in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, near Idlib, after a Syrian bombardment. The symptoms were similar to those when toxic nerve gas like Sarin would have been  used. The odds pointed at the Syrian airforce. Syria denied to have used chemical weapons.The Russian foreign ministry provided the explanation that the Syrians bombarded a stockpile kept by rebels in the area, which contained chemical elements.

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