Russia condemns Syria missile strike ordered by Trump
(CNN)Russia and Syria have condemned the first US military strike against the Syrian regime, launched after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denounced the strike on a Syrian airfield as “act of aggression” Friday and said it violated international law. Western leaders backed the US action, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had brought it on himself.
On the orders of President Donald Trump, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US warships in the eastern Mediterranean. The missiles were directed at the Shayrat airfield, believed by the US to be the base for warplanes that carried out the chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib on Tuesday.
Syria said six people were killed in the strike.
Trump said he ordered the operation after Tuesday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people, including many children. Pictures from the aftermath of the attack, showing dead and injured children, shocked the world.
Western nations blamed the Syrian regime for the attack. But Russia said it did not believe the Syrian government held any chemical weapons.
i was pretty confused last night when i got a text message from a friend asking if we were now at war with syria, and mentioned something about missiles… having no idea what the hell they were talking about, i brought up CNN and was like “whoa… what the shit is going on?!”
heard about that chemical attack by assad, and thought that was soooooooo incredibly fucked up… even more so, since this is at least the second (or third?) time he’s used chemical weapons against his own people… and last i remember, they came to some agreement back under Obama and removed “all” chemical weapons.
personally, i’m happy — well, maybe that’s not quite the right word here — that Trump ordered the strike, and at the very least sent a damn strong message to syria (and russia/iran)… hopefully it doesn’t escalate, but can we really sit back and do nothing?
PS. i can only take the news in small blocks, so depressing.