The United States launched an attack on Syria yesterday at a Syrian governed airbase in response to their chemical weapons attack on their own citizens.
The chemical attack was done earlier this week and killed dozens of civilians, and the ones that managed to escape the designated zone of the airstrike were attacked again whilst receiving treatment at a hospital.
President Trump gave the order to launch 59 tomahawk missiles from U.S. warships, located on the Mediterranean, and out those 59 only 36 of them hit the directed target.
The target was the airbase home to warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks. The missile strike was not a complete success, but brought about many political issues.
Specifically, the strike happened while President Trump was meeting the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping to discuss relations between the two nations. Strategically, this could make Mr. Xi take President Trump’s threats on North Korea more seriously.
Not only was the attack used to intimidate, defend and threaten, but it also caused bad blood between the U.S. and Russia.
Vladimir Putin has denounced the U.S. strike against the Syrian regime lead by al Assad as “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.”
With Russia and Syria allies, Russia plans to increase their air defense systems located on Syrian territories.
The relationship with China is very important due to the fact they typically side with Russia as well. If the U.S. cannot maintain that relationship, there will be four nations against the U.S..