On Thursday night, at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the US forces fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles on a Syrian military air base

Merkel says political methods should be used to remove Assad

« I would like to emphasize like never before that it is right and important to focus on political talks within the United Nations Security Council and in Geneva, in order to pave the way for political transition and the use of democratic procedures to remove Assad’s regime that has caused the Syrian people so much suffering, » she said.

Russia was informed about US strikes in Syria — Kremlin
At the same time, the German chancellor said that the US attack was appropriate « in light of large-scale war crimes, the suffering of innocent people and the blockade in the UN Security Council. » However, Merkel said that « Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the only one responsible for these developments. »

On April 4, Reuters cited the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying that an airstrike on Syrian’s town of Khan Shaykhun had killed 58 people including 11 children. Reuters alleged that the chemical attack could have been carried out by « Syrian government or Russian jets. »

The US missile strike in Syria had been planned in advance, while the chemical weapons incident was used as a pretext.

Only 23 out of 59 cruise missiles fired from US warships at a Syrian air base hit the target, according to Russia’s data recording equipment, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.

US President Donald Trump should have asked for authorization from Congress before launching the Thursday missile strike against a military field in Syria, as required by the US Constitution, Senator Rand Paul said in a statement.

Rand is correct. The War Powers Act allows the President to deploy US forces to deal with an immediate threat to the United States without Congress, but that does not apply here. No Americans were killed in that supposed gas attack, nor was sovereign US territory invaded or damaged.

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