Syrian Airstrikes

Syrian Airstrikes

Sadie Neville, Co-Editor in Chief

The town targeted by a devastating chemical attack early last week has been hit again. This time, however, it was faced with a series of airstrikes ordered by U.S. Commander in Chief, President Donald J. Trump.

According to CNN, the airstrikes hit the residential town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on Apr. 7. Six were killed in the action.

59 Tomahawk missiles were launched by the President in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens in Syria earlier in the week, reported CNN.

36 of the missiles were fired from the USS Ross, and the remaining 23 were shot from the USS Porter. Both naval ships are docked in Rota, Spain.

The strike marks the first direct military action taken by the United States throughout the six-year Syrian civil war.

The attack has stirred up serious controversy, with many previous Trump supporters withdrawing their endorsements.

Both Russian president Vladimir Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have agreed that the United States “crossed the red line” with the airstrikes, but no information has been released as to whether either country will take action against, reported the Huffington Post.

Putin has also spoken out in confirming that the airstrikes put a strain on U.S.-Russian ties.

The Washington Post reported that Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, appreciated Trump’s efforts but did not think that they did enough.

Trump defended his actions while speaking to reporters in Mar-A-Lago, saying, “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. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”
Despite aforementioned reflex actions of severed ties with multiple countries immediately following the attacks, the long-term consequences of the Tomahawks are still unclear.