US Bombards Syrian Air Base
US Bombards Syrian air base with missiles. The air base is reported to be destroyed. As a result Russia has promised to strengthen Syria’s anti-aircraft defenses. The base, according to US officials is said to have been where chemical weapons had been launched earlier in the week leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured. Russia supports President Bashar al-Assad and has condemned the US strike. Russia has also suspended a deal with the US created to avoid collisions between their air forces over Syria.
Russia Reacts to Bombing of Syrian Air Base
The strike drew immediate condemnation from staunch ally Russia. Vladimir Putin called the raids an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.” The Kremlin said the action would damage ties between Moscow and Washington and was a “serious obstacle” to the creation of an international coalition to fight terrorism. The Kremlin also said a “complex of measures” would be put in place to strengthen Syrian air defenses and help “protect the most sensitive Syrian infrastructure facilities.”
The nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft is being fully investigated. Moscow says the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs. Russia denied that President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for the gas attack and said it would continue to back him, setting the Kremlin on course for its biggest diplomatic collision yet with Donald Trump’s White House. Today more thoughts are turning to the possibility that Russia supplied the deadly gas to Syria.
President Donald Trump authorized the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles from Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea. Russia reported that 23 cruise missiles reached the Syrian airbase. It is also reported that two Syrian servicemen are missing as a result of the attack while four were killed. Six received burn injuries extinguishing the flames.