Rep. Blackburn Reacts To US Airstrike On Syria

Apr 09, 2017, 02:47
Rep. Blackburn Reacts To US Airstrike On Syria

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced almost half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Washington ordered the assault after accusing Syria of carrying out a chemical attack against the town of Khan Sheikhun in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday.

The Syrian military called the attack a "blatant aggression" that would undermine its war on terror.

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American forces fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at Shayrat airbase in central Syria overnight - the first time the U.S. has carried out direct military action against President Bashar al-Assad's troops.

Top European Union officials are supporting the United States missile strikes on military targets in Syria as a means of deterring further chemical weapons attacks by Damascus.

English said the "horrific attacks" using chemical weapons were against all global law.

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The US strikes obliterated substantial portions of Syria's military capacity there.

He did not specify where the planes had been moved to or who had warned the Syrian government.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that he "understands efforts to deter further attacks".

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Earlier on Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the country's armed forces "did not and will not" use chemical weapons, even against extremist groups.

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