The U.S., Britain and France launched air strikes in Syria, hitting targets associated with the regime’s chemical weapons program. We blame Syria for a chemical attack on the city of Douma over a week ago. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have said that this action could not go unchallenged nor unpunished.
Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US and its allies of committing a “crime” with these strikes in a tweet today,
“This morning’s attack on #Syria is a crime. I firmly declare that the Presidents of US and France and British PM committed a major crime. They will gain no benefit; just as they did not while in Iraq, Syria & Afghanistan, over the past years, committing the same criminal acts.“
According to CNN, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said that Saturday’s airstrikes will not stop him, according to Syrian State TV,
“This aggression will only increase the determination of Syria and its people to continue fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country.“
Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, says America would
“welcome cooperation with a Russia that will do the right thing and join the rest of the world in condemning the Asad (sic) regime for its horrific actions and ensuring they cannot happen again.
We cannot and will not tolerate the Asad (sic) regime’s use of these horrific, illegal weapons.“
But CNN’s National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem said that she isn’t worried about America being dragged into war. The allied airstrikes are unlikely to break the status quo, and the situation will remain essentially unchanged.
Btw, the United States has NO Secretary of State at the moment. Let that sink in. (And the nominee, Mike Pompeo, might the first to be rejected since 1925.) We accepted a grand total of eleven –11!– Syrian refugees last year. That’s how much Trump cares.
War. What is it good for? Military contracts, mass murder, war crimes and distraction from a President’s own misdeeds.
BREAKING: Air defense systems being activated over Damascus now as U.S. starts striking targets in Syria. pic.twitter.com/BEMBPjL54s
— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) April 14, 2018
"This status quo will pretty much be the same in Syria." CNN analyst @juliettekayyem says the impact following the strike from the US, France and the UK will be minimal https://t.co/UnGsam4V03 pic.twitter.com/QO3ZsnumKL
— CNN International (@cnni) April 14, 2018
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