The strikes represented the first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said the chemical attack in Idlib province on Tuesday had changed his thinking on Syria and Mr. Assad.What comes next?
Speaking inside his Mar-a-Lago resort, President Trump said he ordered targeted missile strikes at a Syrian airfield as a response to the “barbaric” chemical weapons attack. The Assad regime, Mr. Trump said, “choked out the lives of helpless” people in Syria.
“It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” Mr. Trump said. “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons.”
The strike represented a limited operation and was intended in part to signal that the chemical attack wasn’t acceptable. But it also thrust Mr. Trump, his still-forming administration and the American military more deeply into a complex and treacherous conflict that has defied resolution for more than six years.
Friday, April 07, 2017
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