Isabella Capanda ’19: Speculation has arisen with the recent events taken place in Syria. Ever since President Trump’s response to the chemical attack last year, relationships between the two countries have reached a tense apex. Now adding another Syrian chemical attack to the mix only can mean destruction. The world edges to the ends of their seats, unsure of what the next play will be.

A few weeks ago on April 7, 2018, Syria allegedly attacked Douma, a region in East Ghouta. Death tolls have risen to “least 80 people… in Douma, including around 40 who died from suffocation” that occurred because of collapsing buildings (www.cbsnews.com). Chemical agents are believed to have been used in this attack, however none have been identified yet because the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) only arrived in Douma last Saturday, April 21. Although no official identification has been made on the chemical agents used– if any were– national officials “are confident chlorine and possibly a nerve agent were used” (www.bbc.com) based on intel received from personal sources.

Even with the substantial evidence against them, the Syrian government denies all allegations of its involvement with a chemical attack.

Nevertheless, “armed forces from the UK, the US and France fired missiles to destroy what they say are chemical weapons factories in Syria” (www.bbc.co.uk). The strike caused tensions to rise as well as further entangling the U.S. in the muddled mess that is the Syrian Civil War. The US involvement not only strained whatever relationship was still intact with Syria, it has impacted our connections with Russia and Iraq. Both Russia and Iraq support the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. The Russian ambassador to the United States “warned of “consequences” for the allied attacks,” (www.nytimes.com) furthering pressure on the relationship with Russia.

The civil war in Syria has been going on for roughly seven years. Countless of lives have been lost as rebels fight for a new regime. In the past, the U.S. remained neutral, but with recent events occurring, the U.S. has deemed it necessary to act. Tension rise as alliances begin, leaving the world to wonder what will happen next.

Sources:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/947674/Syria-news-Saudi-Arabia-Donald-Trump-USA-Arab-Army-Iran-Russia-Israel-Assad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/04/12/syria-explained/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8ec450ffbf3

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/18/why-does-syria-still-have-chemical-weapons

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/world/middleeast/trump-strikes-syria-attack.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-chemical-weapon-attack-douma-leaves-dozens-dead-opposition-says-04-08-2018/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43850979

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