48 Dead in Syrian Chemical Attack, US Vows Strong Response
At least 48 civilians are confirmed dead from a suspected chemical strike in Douma, Syria. The perpetrator of such an attack is widely perceived to be Syria’s armed forces as the civil war enters into its seventh year. President Trump condemned the use of chemical weapons and signaled out Russia, Iran, and Syria in a tweet, stating there “will be a big price to pay” for their support of this operation. Republicans and Democrats are now urging the President to back up his condemnation by authorizing new air strikes on the Syrian government, similar to last year’s strikes after the Assad government bombed a civil population with sarin gas. Russia and Syria are currently denying the existence of an attack, calling it a “fabrication” but photos and videos of the attack are circulating through social media. The United States is currently leading a loose international coalition of forces opposed to the Assad government, but the President has recently announced he plans to withdraw the United States from the conflict.
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