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What’s going on in Syria?

by Maria Budman, staff writer

Photo by: FI295 at English Wikipedia

President Donald Trump launched missile attacks in Syria without waiting for congressional approval, much to the objection of the democrats.

The first launch (59 missiles) was on April 7, and Trump said he decided to get involved because he saw some “horrible” photos of the situation that moved him to help. And despite Trump’s past comments that “Syria is not our problem,” on April 13, the United States dropped our country’s largest non-nuclear bomb ever, killing 94 ISIS fighters, according to Afghan officials.

The Syrian civil war is currently being waged between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the protesting citizens. It began on March 15, 2011, and there is no end in sight because neither side is showing signs of backing down.

The civil war started with citizens peacefully protesting against the government’s corruption. Syrian law enforcement began killing, kidnapping, torturing, and even raping the protesters and their families. Eventually, the civilians began fighting back violently, and today’s bloody conflict commenced.

The Russian government, headed by President Vladimir Putin, is currently sending weapons and other aid to Assad, where Russia’s last foreign military base is. Putin wants to maintain the military alliance with Assad, and Syria is an important trade partner for Russia.

Trump blamed Putin for the situation in Syria, and told Russia they need to promote peace. The White House accused Russia of covering up Assad’s chemical weapon attacks on his people. Furthermore, Trump has shifted his foreign policy stance. He now wants to ally with China, calling Russia the enemy. This is because it became clear that America needs China’s help to fight North Korea, which has recently been testing out chemical weaponry.

The United States’ view is that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapon attacks on his people in northern Syria on April 4, resulting in more than 80 deaths. Putin disagrees about the attacks.

The majority of democrats concur with former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, who said, “It is essential that the world does more to deter [Assad] from committing future murderous atrocities…. But [it] needs to be followed by a broader strategy to end Syria’s civil war, and to eliminate ISIS’s stronghold on both sides of the border…. We cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syria’s babies and in the next, close America’s doors to them.”

Syrian civilians have been evacuating their homes because of the bombings, heading for government-controlled Aleppo, which is safe for now.