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Tension increases as U.S. attacks Syria

Evelyn Duenas, Sophomore

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Over the past couple of years, there continues to be a great deal of tension between the United States and Russia. The tensions have now grown stronger and extended to Syria with a U.S. attack that just recently occurred.

On Friday, April 13th, the United States, Britain, and France decided to strike three locations in Syria, due to Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack on his own civilians near the city of Damascus.

The three locations that were hit by the missiles were a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical storage facility west of Holmes, and a chemical equipment storage near Holmes, which were all associated with chemical weapons.

The use of chemical weapons in Syria was a violation of international law, which resulted in not only the US having to take action, but France, and Britain, as well.

According to Vox News, “President Donald Trump said the US was ‘prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

The French president explained his reasoning for the strike. French President Emmanuel Macron said, “A red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed. So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an international operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime.”

Russia, on the other hand, was angered by the whole situation, because they are one of Syria’s greatest supporters. They claimed that the attack was an act of aggression.

The Syrian Armed Forces claimed that they “intercepted most of the missiles, but some hit targets including the Research Center in Barzeh.” Syrian news reports stated that three civilians were wounded during the incident.

The Saturday after the attack, an emergency meeting was held by the UN Security Council in Syria to discuss the event and conflicts.

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