American Intervention in Syria, How Far Will They Go?

In the last week, Syria has received international attention for the chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians. Countries around the world are concerned about the latest chemical attack in Syria and what is the best way to resolve the endless war in Syria.

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Images from the chemical attack in Syria. Credit: Associated Press

On Tuesday morning, Americans woke up to the noises of a busy work day. In Syria’s rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun, civilians abruptly woke up to the Earth shaking violently followed by the smell of sarin gas that killed 86 people, 27 of which were children.

No one can comprehend this type of violence. The Washington Post posted an article titled “The Syrian genocide is now Trump’s problem”. And if there was one way to describe the brutal Syrian war, it would be inhumane. But to those in Syria, who’ve lived in a war zone for six years, it was just another lethal day of the endless civil war.

Syria’s civil war, once stood for the overthrow of the Assad regime that was corrupt and only represented a small percentage of the population, while the majority wanted democracy. Now, it’s turned into an international war filled with several complexities and dynamics.

The Western nations (U.S., European Union, Australia) aid the rebels, while Russia and Iran have stood by the Syrian government, specifically Bashar al-Assad, who’s been called to step down from power several times by international leaders.

After the deadly chemical attack in Syria, the U.S. government responded on Thursday by firing 59 Tomahawk missiles at Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. The airfield was chosen after U.S. intelligence tracked the planes that carried out the chemical attacks and determined that the Syrian government was involved in the attack.

After the missile strike, President Trump made an announcement of U.S. intervention in the Syrian war after the chemical attack. This was the first time the United States became directly involved in the Syrian war.

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President Trump and King Abdullah II of Jordan heading to a joint press conference. Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Syria, Russia and Iran have all condemned the U.S. airstrike. Russia claims that the attack was premeditated before the chemical attack took place and has suspended an agreement with the United States that allowed military officers to consult with each other to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace.

Many news outlets question why the U.S. decided to get involved, and whether or not it broke international law.

CNN writers Aaron Miller, and Richard Sokolsky ask, “What was the purpose of the strike? Was it an effort to change Assad’s behavior on using chemical weapons, or the beginning of a more fundamental U.S. involvement in Syria to change his regime? Will the United States not strike Assad when he uses conventional barrel bombs against civilians? Is the Trump administration going to ramp up training of the Syrian opposition? And is using military and political power going to begin a serious process of actually ending Syria’s civil war?”

Other’s question whether or not the president overreached, how Putin and Assad will react, and if there will be more U.S. involvement?

For More Information:

BBC:
Syria War: Why Now, What Happened, what Next?

CNN:
Why Did Trump Strike Syria?
The Questions Trump Need to Answer After Syria Strike
Five Big Risks After Trump’s Syria Strike

The Huffington Post:
Syria: The War on Development and Democracy

New York Times:
63 Hours: From Chemical Attack to Trump’s Strike in Syria
Was Trump’s Strike Illegal? Explaining Presidential War Powers

USA Today:
Syria Timeline: Latest Chemical Attack is Far from First

Vox:
The War in Syria, Explained

The Washington Post:
The Syrian Genocide is Now Trump’s Problem

 

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