*Disclaimer: We do not support any sides in this conflict, we hope for a peaceful resolution and end to this conflict in accordance to international consensus and law.
On April 7th 2017, President Trump of USA ordered the attack on Syrian Military base in the province of Hama. President Trump has ordered the launching of around 50 Tomahawk missiles into the Syrian province under the pretext of Syrian Government’s alleged use of chemical weaponry on its own citizens. This illegal use has only been confirmed by the rebel-based NGOs such as the White Helmets and similar rebel-affiliated groups. However, there has been no confirmation from the international community such as the UN or any other recognised watchdogs. Many leaders from the anti-Syrian Regime Bloc such as Turkey, Israel and UK have also condoned the attack that was carried out single-handedly by the US Administration, bypassing the US Congress. Nevertheless, the strike brought heavy criticism on the President’s action as this provoked a conflict with Russia that is currently operating in Syrian territory alongside the Government.
Furthermore, the use of military force is unjustified by international law (UN Charter Chapter VII, Article 51) and the US Constitution itself. This is highlighted when Congressman Rand Paul, one of the Former Republican Nominee for the 2016 US Presidential election, was among one of the first to criticise the acts of the Administration. He further suggested that this attack on Syria has disregarded international law as well as constitutional law of the USA.
This condemnation was followed by the British Opposition leader in the Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, who called for an Independent UN Investigation before any unilateral military action to be carried out as it violates international law and risks intensifying the multi-sided conflict amongst countries. Mr. Corbyn has also emphasised the importance of the Geneva Peace talks that were scheduled to be held before the attack took place. This hampered the efforts to see the end to this long-running conflict.
It is important to point ou that in 2014, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff of the US Military, General Joseph Dunford have publicly denounced military action against Syria during the Presidential Campaign of 2016. The Democratic Party candidates were advocating a “No-Fly Zone” over Syria to halt the alleged “Barrel Bomb” usage on civilians. The General have hinted that a military action against the Syrian government may cause a direct war between USA and Russia. He also stated his refusal to take any sides regarding the issue of military intervention in Syria by the US Military. This further suggest that the current US Administration is taking the action to its own hands without the consultation of the military strategists, thus, potentially escalating the conflict between US and its allies against Russia and Syria.
There were 59 Tomahawk missiles launched at the base in the Hama province, with only 23 missiles successfully hitting its target. As a direct result from this attack, 7 casualties have been reported, including 2 civilians. Prior to the strike, the US Administration informed the key parties in the Syrian conflict including Turkey, Israel and Russia. This enabled Russia to remove their personnel from the site before the missiles landed.