Airstrikes in Syria


Genesis Galdamez, Staff Writer

On April 7, a chemical weapon attack occurred in Douma, Syria, which was blamed on the Assad Regime by the governments of the United States, Britain, and France. More than 40 people were killed because of the attack, which occurred in the Saada Bakery and in Martyrs’ Square. Chlorine and a possible nerve agent were used in the chemical attacks according to the intelligences services of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. A security team that visited Douma was present when the attack occurred. This led to the United States, Britain and France justifying a strike later that month as a “punishment.” A research facility near Damascus  according to U.S officials helped produce the chemical weapons, was bombed. Two storage facilities near Homs was also bombed.

Syria and Russia were offended by the allegations.  Russia, an ally of Syria, denies of ever helping Syria use the  chemical weapons, which is what many believe. President Trump said that the chemical weapon attack was in violation an international law, even though he later decided to withdraw American troops from Syria and will not try to prevent any future chemical weapon attacks. There is no real law banning the use of chemical weapons in war, but the use of these weapons is scorned upon.  In 2013, Former President Barack Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin made an agreement to not use chemical weapons after a chemical weapons attack that killed many in Damascus.

The President of Syria replied to the attack with a tweet that expressed how unnerved he felt: “Honorable souls cannot be humiliated.” He also accused the President of Russia Vladimir V. Putin for not keeping his promise of taking the chemical weapons away from Syria. Many politicians have had many negative things to say about the bombing that was caused by the three countries. Senator Tim Kaine, the Democrat of Virginia, feels that what President Trump did was wrong and illegal, stating that he had to get Congress’s approval to strike Syria. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, denies that the attack ever happened. It was an incident that he believed was “staged.” Russian Ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, disagrees with President Trump’s accusative comment about President Vladimir Putin. He believes that Trump’s comment was very rude and “unacceptable”. Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia, said it was Britain that caused the chemical weapons attack. British Diplomat, Karen Pierce, later responded by saying that the allegations were “blatant lies.” Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, says that the strike was not done to start a “civil war,”  it was simply done to end tension.