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April 7, 2017

U.S. fires missiles into Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

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  • The U.S. launched nearly 60 missiles aimed at strategic air force targets in Syria Thursday night in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack which killed more than 80 civilians on Tuesday.
  • President Donald Trump said during a special announcement on Thursday night that there was no doubt the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the attack, calling it “barbaric.”
  • This was the first use of direct military action by the U.S. since the start of the six-year civil war in Syria which has killed more than 470,000 people.
  • The missiles hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had left from.
  • The U.S. attack marked a departure for Trump, who warned against the U.S. getting involved in Syria’s civil war during his campaign.
  • While it is unclear whether Trump is adopting any larger effort against the Assad regime, the President and his aides acknowledged Syria’s use of chemical weapons may force them to rethink their recent statement that Assad would remain in power.

  1. Essential question: What are some of the factors often involved in international conflicts throughout world history?
  2. Aside from Syria, what other countries have been involved or have an interest in the Syrian conflict?
  3. Do you think the U.S. should have launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday night? Why or why not?
  4. Why is it important for a nation to have clear objectives when it comes to its foreign policy?

See Extra’s Daily News Story which discusses the chemical weapons attack in Syria.

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