On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he has approved military strikes in Syria along with two other nations against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The announcement follows a suspected chemical gas attack from the Assad regime on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital last weekend.
Assad’s actions, Trump said, “are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead.”
At least 40 people died in the attack in Douma, about 10 miles east of Damascus, and over 500 people, mostly women and children, were injured and brought to medical centers. The attack occurred amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. Syrian activists, rescuers and medics said families suffocated in their homes.
A similar chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 that killed nearly 100 people prompted the U.S. to launch dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield to dissuade Assad from using chemical weapons in the future, officials said.
But during the weekend, images of dead and sick women and children again circulated following another alleged chemical attack.
In his statement, the president also hit Russia and Iran for their sustained support of the Assad regime.
“To Iran and to Russia I ask, what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”
BREAKING: Pres. Trump orders strikes on Syrian targets following last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. pic.twitter.com/NfFt7WUmwj
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