WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the UK and France had joined in the attack.


The air strikes, however, risk dragging the United States further into Syria’s civil war, particularly if Russia, Iran and Ass[ad] opt to retaliate.

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        • We’ve got a childish lunatic with criminal charges sure to be filed soon against his “attorney” going ape shit over it who’s now ordering fucking bomb strikes in Syria. I’m sure nothing bad will happen–like Russia or Iran getting involved and bombing us back. Grand state of affairs, eh?

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        • Quite grand. Maybe they bring down a few planes or intercept the missiles.
          The Russians are claiming the gas attack was a fake, like WMD that Saddam had. Just a ruse to drop bombs or something. Meanwhile people are getting killed. What an effed world we live in

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        • Yep. As sick as it is, Russia tossing the words “fake news” back in Trump’s face over this shows just how sick, twisted and dangerous his Presidency and his followers are. Now, nothing is real if someone chooses to believe it’s not–no matter how very real it is. The world is and was fucked up, but with Trump at the helm with the blithering idiots who support him, it just got much, much worse.

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    • Noel, the end-game for the U.S. in Syria hasn’t changed since the Arab Spring: to depose Assad because of his alliance with Iran – the West’s #1 anti-imperialist boogeyman. However, since Putin came to Assad’s aid, the American-backed Syrian rebels have been getting their asses kicked very hard. So, these air strikes are immediately intended to give the rebels some reprieve.

      The U.K. government is Tory (i.e. conservative), and the French president is a neoliberal centrist, so they each have their own self-serving interests in joining Trump’s military action.

      In other words, this is just the same old geopolitical crap with a few different faces.


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