President Trump: Syria Airstrike in ‘Vital National Security Interest’ of U.S.
Speaking from his beachside Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, President Donald Trump declared Thursday night that a late-night airstrike on a Syrian airfield was in the “vital national-security interest” of the United States, adding that “there can be no dispute” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack on its own civilian population this week. “It is in this vital national-security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Trump told reporters, calling on “all civilized nations” to address the Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year. The airstrike, launched at roughly 4 a.m. local time, involved more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched toward an airbase near the Syrian city of Homs from ships in the eastern Mediterranean. A U.S. official confirmed to The Daily Beast that the U.S. military struck a chemical-weapons facility in the strike, likely the same facility from which Tuesday’s Idlib province attack was launched.
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American Allies Announce Support of Strikes on Syria
Several U.S. allies said Friday they support the U.S. air raid on Syria, including leaders of Israel, France, Italy, the U.K., Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. President Trump’s decision to carry out the airstrikes on a Syrian air base Thursday, in response to this week’s chemical attack, drew ire from Iran and Russia but was widely heralded by various American allies. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, said Assad’s government “must be removed from leading Syria as soon as possible, and the best way to do that is by starting the transitional process.” British Prime Minister Theresa May’soffice was informed of the strike in advance and has said the action was “an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks.” Israel was also informed in advance. In a statement early Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaid the strikes on the government-controlled air base “sent a strong and clear message” that “the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.”
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Zudhi Jasser, M.D.: Reports out of Syria indicate that we have no idea who the victims were; some report that ISIS militants killed rebels, others that they executed regime military members. This attack, like so much else in Syria today, is symptomatic of the world’s failure – and especially the U.S. government’s failure – to institute a strong policy on Syria and bring an end to this crisis. Until such a plan is formed and carried out, we can expect to see many more incidents like this, where dozens if not more are killed, and accusations fly with little solid information. What we do know for sure is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad and ISIS are two sides of the same coin: both kill innocent Syrians, including women and children, with brutality and impunity, and both have a sociopathic enthusiasm for death and terror.
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