The US launched over 50 Tomahawk missiles tonight against Syrian targets in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on April 4. In spite of it being unclear as to Assad’s motive for such an atrocity, the administration signed off on the missile strikes.
So are we now going to war with Assad? Will that also mean going to war with Russia?
“On President Donald Trump’s orders, US warships launched 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The strikes are the first direct military action the US has taken against the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s six-year civil war and represent a substantial escalation of the US’ military campaign in the region, which could be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.” KXLY news
The missiles were launched from US warships in the region, and targeted an airfield near Homs.
The U.S. missiles hit aircraft and infrastructure including the runway, NBC reported. There is no word on casualties yet, but no people were targeted, the official told NBC.
One U.S. official told NBC that the Russians were warned ahead of the strike. Additionally, no Russian assets were targeted, according to the report.
Syrian armed rebels welcomed the strike. Ahrar Al Sham, tan opposition group backed by gulf states responded: “The armed opposition welcomes any U.S. intervention through surgical strikes that would deter the Assad regime capabilities to kill civilians and shorten the suffering of our people.”
The Middle East, and Syria in particular, is a wormy mess of proxy warfare. Russia has an agreement with Assad to protect his regime. Vladimir Safronkov, the deputy Russian Envoy to the UN has already warned of possible consequences of attacks on the Assad regime.
“We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise.” Vladimir Safronkov
Proof would have been nice before bombing. The risk of full fledged war is great.