Syria, Russia, and The US: The Effects of US Engagement in The Middle East

On Tuesday, April 4th the world paused for a second as reports came out of a devastating chemical attack which took place in northwestern Syria killing at least 89 people including 10 children. In response to this attack which is currently being blamed on the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, The United Nations held an emergency meeting on Wednesday the 5th.

During this meeting, Syria and Russia both denied their involvement in the chemical weapons attack. Assad Blames Syrian rebels for the attack, and some believe him, others obviously do not. Some point to the war in Afghanistan for its similar start saying this to is a “false flag” operation to increase US involvement in Syria. President Trump in a response speech said that “Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”

Trump, following suit with his speech launched a military strike against Syria. 59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles were launched bombarding the airbase in Syria where the chemical attack originated killing 6. Russian forces were also located at the base but the US said that the Russians were warned prior to the attack.

However, a Russian representative said in a statement the next day that he believed the attack “represents an agression against a sovereign state in violatio  of international law under a far-fetched pretext.”

Tensions have risen between the three powers in recent days as the international community attempts to wrap it’s head around the situation. If you’re interested in more on the subject here’s an opinion piece on Why Russia Shouldn’t Abandon Syria.

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