Trump Implements Syrian Retaliation

Posted on May 15, 2018 by

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Syria has had an on-going civil war for the past 7 years. On 13 April 2018, President Donald Trump issued military strikes on Syria. The Syrian government’s key supporters are Russia and Iran, while the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia back the rebels.

A peaceful uprising against the president of Syria seven years ago has turned into a full-scale civil war. The conflict has left more than 350,000 people dead, devastated cities, and drawn in other countries.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group with a network of sources on the ground, has documented the deaths of 353,900 people by March 2018, including 106,000 civilians.

The data did not include 56,900 people, whom it said were missing and presumed dead. The group also estimated 100,000 deaths have not been documented. At least 6.1 million Syrians are internally displaced, while another 5.6 million have fled abroad as refugees.

Neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, where 92% of them now live, have struggled to cope with one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history.

Trump said the US would be undertaking a sustained diplomatic, military, and economic response to stop the use of chemical weapons being used on Syrian civilians. Officials say the U.S. will stay focused on defeating ISIS.

“The only thing worse than a bad plan on Syria is no plan on Syria, and the President and his administration have failed to deliver a coherent plan on the path forward,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware said.

Posted in: Jayra Chavarria