The aftermath of the horrific gas attacks carried out in the Syrian province of Idlib on April 4 2017 continues to unfold. The gas used in this attack is thought to be sarin – a banned nerve agent. The Syrian government has denied possessing this substance and also denied responsibility for this attack but experts have dismissed Syrian ally Russia’s claim that a rebel chemical weapons facility caused the deaths.
President Donald Trump responded by ordering a missile attack on a Syrian warehouse believed to be the source of the attack. According to the Russian military, this warehouse is believed to have held material, technical property, a training building, a canteen, aircraft in repair hangars, and a radar station. Russian television reporter Evgeny Poddubny has claimed that nine planes had been destroyed.
Russia has been vocal about its disagreement with President Trump’s decision. On Friday 7 April, the Russian government froze a vital agreement on military cooperation with the United States in Syria and warned that the US led missile attack would further dent relations between the two world powers.
Dmitri S. Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, has claimed that working with the US in Syria only stood to increase risk, as a result of the US escalating its involvement by launching missiles.
Amid the missile strikes, it is hardly reasonable to talk about any more increase in the risk, as the risk has increased considerably.
Syria has branded the American missile attacks as “a disgraceful act” spurred by “a false propaganda campaign.” In contrast, Germany and France have blamed Syria for launching the gas attack against its own people, and condemned the Assad regime for this atrocity. Turkey has also commented on the attack, as a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the American strikes had been a positive response to “war crimes”.
The UK has also added to the string of vehement condemnation levelled against Syria. The British defense secretary, Michael Fallon, expressed support for the American missile strikes and called Russia out for aiding the government to harm civilians.
One of the purposes of this very limited and appropriate action was to deter the regime from using gas in this appalling way.
He added that Moscow is “responsible for every civilian death” in Khan Sheikhoun, claimed that the attack had happened “on their watch” and that Vladimir Putin must play a major role in ensuring that Syria’s chemical weapons are destroyed.
In response to the growing chorus of criticism, the alliance supporting Syria – Russia and Iran – have issued a stern statement warning the US not to repeat direct military action.
What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.
Mr Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have called for an objective investigation into the chemical attack. The joint command centre also said on Sunday the missile strike would not deter it from “liberating” Syria, and that the US military presence in the north of the country amounted to an illegal “occupation”.
This statement can be read as an escalation of the current situation, as it sees two major players in the current conflict explicitly placing themselves in opposition to the US. It remains to be seen how the the US will respond, particularly as President Trump has made a conscious effort to improve US relations with Russia.
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Kath Macalister So once again world leaders proving they are unfit to lead. There is not one statesman/woman amongst them. Their whole credo is one-up manship and damn the cost to anyone. None of them really gives a damn for the civilian deaths or the risk to their own nationals on the ground. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.
Miko Q Baker In response to the growing chorus of criticism, the alliance supporting Syria – Russia and Iran – have issued a stern statement warning the US not to repeat direct military action.
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
Chuck Alkazian It would be truly interesting to legitimately trace the money stream for the last 100 years. I bet many would be surprised. Their are zero parties involved. Proactive negativity creates reactive financing. Regardless of who is in charge.
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Lynn Hyde I’m actually fucking sick and tired of world leaders putting people in danger. We have no say what happens ever, but the government can drop bombs and kill people. I’m disgusted by the world these days!!! I want to feel safe, and heard. Never going to fucking happen.
Jimmy Ortiz They full of shit this is an act they fooling everybody all these countries are in this fake crap they get along thayctrying to distract us from Trumps lies n corruption for they don’t investigate him