The US, UK and France have carried out air and missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack last Saturday.
Until now the opposition ( alias ) to the Syrian regime, have not been able to defeat or prevent the Russian backed Syrians advancing in the area.
No evidence has been presented regarding the use of chemical weapons in the area. And similarities between Blair and Bush claims on Iraq have been drawn.
The US says three targets were struck – Sites near Damascus and Homs were hit in response to an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma on 7 April.
The Pentagon says President Assad’s chemical weapons capability has been set back by years and President Trump tweets “Mission Accomplished!”.
Russia’s President Putin condemns the strikes; another urgent UN Security Council meeting is expected.
Russia says many missiles were also aimed at other strategic targets but many were intercepted by air defences. The US has used these air strikes to take key positions on the ground away from Russia. Claiming Syrian air defence intercepted at least 71 cruise missiles fired by US, UK and France forces.
Downing Street has published its legal case for its part in the strikes, which targeted military bases.
Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes on Syria without consulting parliament.
Many political commentators have questioned both the timing and the legality of the reports on a gas attack in Douma outside of Damascus earlier this week.
Both Syria and Russia – which provides military support to the Syrian government – have reacted angrily to the action.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the US-led operation in Syria, calling it an “appropriate” response to the recent chemical attack on civilians.
China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that it believes a political settlement is the only way to resolve the Syrian issue and called for a full, fair and objective investigation into suspected chemical weapon attacks in Syria.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned “The attack this morning against Syria is a crime,” Khamenei said in remarks published on his Telegram channel. “The American president, the French president and the British prime minister are criminals.”
Over the last decade, Russia’s influence and power has grown significantly, not just in the middle eastern region, but also on the world stage. More economic relations, stronger diplomatic ties and Putin’s influence and presence as an alternative to Trump.
Russia, has always been a world power but for the first time in 50 years it has grown into a real threat to US influence over the world and as the host nation of the Football World cup in the Summer, many commentators suggest this as a new dawn of proxy wars.
This air strike was not sanctioned by the UN and many have questioned its legality. With Jeremy Corbyn pressing on the issue earlier this week.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “The rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will,” he said, adding that the “primary purpose is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons”.
With the alias claiming a mini victory lead by President Trump, Russia has promised a response ‘in kind’ to the air strikes.
The Foreign Secretary hasn’t ruled out any future air strikes by the alias. And once the Syrian regime and Russia respond, the alias will “clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were”.
It is evident that as well as a tremendous military force the alias are are on a PR offensive. Repeatedly reinforcing this operation was not about any regime change or power influx in the region, but instead, a statement to say ‘No’ to chemical weapons.
As well as arming the Syrian regime with chemical weapons. The Syrian attack reveals the hypocrisy of the alias – which fuels the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen despite the many documented cases of abuse and yet claims the moral high ground on Syria.
George Galloway says that both the alleged gas attack in Syria and subsequent US-led missile strikes this week were a “deliberate fabrication” meant to distract from the real issues.
The offices and home of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were raided by the FBI on Monday.
The raid was undertaken partially on the referral of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia in the 2016 US elections.
Social media users compared these events to the 1998 US bombing of Iraq.
The military operation was ordered by Bill Clinton, who was about to be impeached as president for lying under oath in relation to an investigation over his extramarital affairs.
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