The airstrike against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria was thought by many to be an isolated warning to the brutal leader regarding his immoral use of chemical weapons on civilians.
Assad and his Russian backers have conducted brutal attacks within the borders of Syria for years, under the auspices of civil war. While many in the region have fled to Europe and the United States as refugees, those who cannot financially or physically make the journey have been systematically bombed and raided by Syrian government forces.
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Now, in the wake of Donald Trump’s airstrike on the Sharyat airfield, where the dastardly chemical attack was thought to have originated, it seems that the U.S. President has changed his mind regarding just how involved America will be in Syria.
“The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has told CNN that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration’s stance on the embattled leader.
“Two days after the US launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said the departure of Assad was inevitable.“Before Tuesday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed 89 people, Haley had said toppling Assad was not a priority. President Donald Trump, before his election, described fighting ISIS and seeking Assad’s removal at the same time as ‘idiocy.’“But after seeing images of the horrific aftermath of the chemical attack, US President Donald Trump ordered a bombardment of the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, which the US believes was the launchpad for the strike. It was the first time that the US had struck the Syrian regime since the start of the six-year civil war.”