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#1 1 year ago

In response to the brutal killings of civilians by deadly sarin gas, the U.S. navy has conducted a missile strike against the Syrian air force.  

U.S. launches cruise missile strike on Syria after chemical weapons attack

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria early Friday local time in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday, according to the Pentagon. The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by Trump, comes a day after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed many, many lines,” including the deaths of 27 children. The missiles, fired from a U.S. Navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, struck multiple sites, including the airfield where the Syria based the warplanes used in the chemical attack, a Defense official said. The attack essentially follows the plan that the Pentagon had set in September 2013, according to a senior Defense official not authorized to speak publicly about the operation. That plan was devised after President Obama had set a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashar Assad had used the weapons that killed 1,400 civilians, but Obama did not order an attack. Instead, Assad agreed to turnover his stockpiles of chemical weapons, a pledge he obviously reneged on in light of Tuesday’s use of what experts believe was sarin gas on civilians. In 2013, military planners had planned to use land-attack cruise missiles launched from Navy destroyers cruising off shore from Syria. For weeks, the Navy had four destroyers floating off shore, waiting for the order to strike that never came. Using ships negates the need to seek permission from countries where U.S. warplanes are based. Land-attack Tomahawk missiles can travel 1,500 miles to strike their target and carry a warhead with 1,000 pounds of conventional explosives.

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#2 1 year ago

Difficult to understand who launched the gas attack and why. Did anyone come up with any convincing evidence so far? Things were going rather well for Assad lately, of course that didn't stop him from killing lots of civilians by other means in recent months.

If it is true that he launched the recent attack then the US reaction is appropriate. However, the US really just bombed an airfield with really expensive missiles. That won't change a whole lot about the big picture. It is also a very risky move as Russian soldiers are all over Syria.




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#3 1 year ago

Not only are there Russian soldiers all over Syria, but there were Russian soldiers stationed at that base. Mind you, the US provided them with advance warning a few hours ahead of the attack, so they were able to evacuate the location before the missiles hit. But it was still a  ridiculously risky move. If they hadn't heeded the warnings, you'd have had an open attack on Russian uniformed soldiers.




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#4 1 year ago

Russia has claimed there were troops stationed at the base at the time of the attack, even going so far as to call the act "disgraceful."  Even Assad was quick to cry foul and call it "disgraceful," which naturally makes me think, "That's rich coming from you."


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