The 2017 Shayrat missile strike took place on the morning of 6 April 2017 and involved the launch by the United States of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea into Syria, aimed at the Shayrat Airbase controlled by the Syrian government. The strike was ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump as a direct response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack that occurred on 4 April.
|2017 Khan Shaykhun chemical attack|
|Part of the Syrian Civil War|
|Type||Airstrike, chemical attack (disputed; unidentified chemical, with sarin gas suspected)|
|Location||Khan Shaykhun, Idlib Governorate, Syria
|Date||4 April 2017
06:30 EEST (UTC+03:00)
|2017 Shayrat missile strike|
|Part of the Syrian Civil War
and the American-led intervention in Syria
|Operational scope||Single-site targeted military strike|
|Location||Shayrat Airbase, Shayrat, Syria
|Date||7 April 2017
04:40 EEST (UTC+03:00)
|Executed by||United States Navy|
|Casualties||9 civilians, 7 soldiers killed (per Syrian Government)
9 soldiers killed (per SOHR)
As a pro life guy I am appose to war so if I was a leader of a country I will try me best to avoid a war at all cost especially when it come to the middle east. Don’t get me wrong the use of chemical on people should not be tolerated but the truth is that nobody know anything when it come to the Middle East so the info coming out could well be wrong but the united state bomb them the Syria government any way. What happen on April 6, 2017 have very similar pattern to what happen when bush lied about Iraq the only different is that this action look like the beginning of WW3 .
We all know that the us like a war it doesn’t matter who we are fighting whoever is in office there will be war because the MIC is pulling the string in keeping with the depopulation a gender, shifting the world boundaries and there is nothing we can do about that That’s the last grab of control before Russia and China take control and when the main streem media is suddenly sing the same chorus that scare me and have me very concern that trump is on the wrong path.
On the evening of 6 April, Trump notified members of the U.S. Congress of his plan on the missile strike. According to a White House official, more than two dozen members of Congress were briefed at the notification. Internationally, the United States also notified several countries, including Canada, the UK, Australia, and Russia, in advance of the strike.The U.S. military stated it communicated with the Russian military to minimize any chance of Russian casualties. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News, had reportedly opposed the strike, but was overruled by Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner.
The strike targeted Shayrat Airbase in the Homs Governorate, which was believed by American intelligence to be the base for the aircraft that carried out the chemical weapons attack on 4 April, and was intended to destroy air defenses, aircraft, hangars and fuel. The US avoided striking a suspected sarin gas storage facility at the targeted airport. 59 Tomahawk missiles were said to have been launched from two U.S. Navy warships, USS Ross and USS Porter, at around 20:40 EDT (04:40 local time) with one missile landing in the water after launch.
U.S. Central Command stated in a press release that Tomahawk missiles hit “aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, defense systems, and radars”. Initial U.S. reports claimed “approximately 20 planes” were destroyed, and that 58 out of the 59 cruise missiles launched “severely degraded or destroyed” their intended target. According to the Russian defense ministry, the combat effectiveness of the attack was extremely low, only 23 missiles hit the base, and it did not know where the other 36 landed.
According to the satellite images the runways and the taxiways have been reportedly undamaged and combat flights from the attacked airbase resumed on 7 April a few hours after the attack, although U.S. officials did not state that the runway was a target. Russian television news, citing a Syrian source at the airfield, said that nine planes were destroyed by the strikes (5 Su-22M3s, 1 Su-22M4, and 3 Mig-23ML) and that all planes were thought to have been out of action at the time. Some observers conclude that the Russian government—and therefore also the Syrian government—was warned and Syria had enough time to move most of the planes to another base. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike damaged over a dozen hangars, a fuel depot, and an air defense base. Al-Masdar News reported that 15 fighter jets were damaged or destroyed and that the destruction of fuel tankers caused several explosions and a large fire.
Seven or nine Syrian soldiers were killed, including a general; Russian military personnel were also present at the airbase at the time it was attacked. According to Syrian state news SANA, nine civilians were also killed in the attack, including four children. SANA also stated that five of the civilians were killed in the village of Shayrat,outside the base, while another four were killed in the village of Al-Hamrat, and that another seven civilians were wounded when a missile hit homes in Al-Manzul, four kilometers (two and a half miles) away from the Shayrat air base.
Hours after the U.S. missile strike, Syrian government’s warplanes took off from the Shayrat base to attack rebel positions again, including the town of Khan Shaykhun.Commentators attributed the ability of the Syrian government to continue to operate from the base to the fact that the US gave Russia, Syria’s ally, an advanced warning regarding the strike, which enabled Syrians to shelter many of its aircraft from the attack.
Within a day of the attack, Russia announced it would strengthen Syria’s air defenses and formally notified the Pentagon that as of 21:00 GMT (00:00 Moscow Time, 8 April 2017), Russia had suspended the U.S.–Russia Memorandum of Mutual Understanding, which had established a hotline between the countries′ militaries designed to avoid collisions between their aircraft over Syria. As a result, Belgium suspended its air operations in Syria, and the US began limiting itself to only the most essential air strikes.
According to pro-Syrian government sources, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took advantage of the attack and absence of the Syrian Air Force in eastern Homs, by launching several attacks on the Syrian Army‘s defenses in the western Palmyra countryside. It also attacked the checkpoints outside the village of al-Furqalas, but those attacks were repelled. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Shayrat airbase remained operational and Syrian warplanes took off from it the following day. The price of oil briefly rose over 2% following the strike.
After both the chemical attack and missile strike, the U.S. administration was in disagreement and contradiction to U.S. policy from 2013 until 30 March 2017, as well the statements by U.S. ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer differed on the change of U.S. military posture toward Syria and prioritization for Assad’s regime change.
On 7 April 2017, an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was held: Bolivia′s ambassador Sacha Llorenty requested a closed session to discuss the U.S. strike, but U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley, serving as the council president for April, forced the meeting to be held in public view. United Nations News Centre reported that while some delegates expressed support for the air strikes as a response to the Syrian Government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, others condemned it as a unilateral act of aggression, underlining that the Council must authorize any such intervention.
On 8 April 2017, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued a statement that announced that, upon consultations with the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he had cancelled his trip to Moscow scheduled for 10 April.
On 11 April 2017, after the meeting at Lucca in Italy the Group of Seven unanimously blamed the Assad regime’s military for the chemical attack and agreed that Assad must step down as part of any peace solution, but European allies rejected the US and UK push for sanctions against Russia and Syria.
Reactions from members of Congress were mixed and not uniform by political party. Paul Ryan (R–WI), the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, said the strike was “appropriate and just.” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) said, “Assad has made his disregard for innocent human life and longstanding norms against chemical weapons use crystal clear. Tonight’s strikes show these evil actions carry consequences.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) said, “Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) said the strike was “perfectly executed and for the right purpose.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY) said, “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do.” Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL) expressed his support and said, “I hope this teaches Assad not to use chemical weapons again.” Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) called it an “important decisive step.” Quoting the President’s statement, Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) tweeted, “‘No child of God should ever suffer such horror.’ Amen.” Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R–SC) said, “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.” Their sentiment was shared by fellow Senators Bob Corker (R–TN), Tom Cotton (R–AR), Joni Ernst (R–IA), Cory Gardner (R–CO), David Perdue (R–GA), Ben Sasse (R–NE), and Thom Tillis (R–NC). Many members who supported the action showed lack of worry about the authority issues or did not know the legal and constitutional rationale that supported the action.
Other lawmakers criticized the President’s actions or urged caution. Representative Adam Schiff (D–CA), the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, was informed of the strike by Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, as it was happening. He urged the administration “not to make this a military effort to change the regime.” In a joint statement, Representatives and Iraq War veterans Seth Moulton (D–MA) and Steve Russell (R–OK) said, “We cannot stand by in silence as dictators murder children with chemical weapons but military action without clear goals and objectives gets us nowhere.” Senator Chris Coons (D–DE) said he was “gravely concerned that the United States is engaging further militarily in Syria without a well-thought-out, comprehensive plan.” Representative Ted Lieu (D–CA) and Senator Tim Kaine (D–VA) called the strike unconstitutional, with the former tweeting, “This was done with no debate in Congress and no explanation to the American people.” Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D–HI) gave a more forceful message and said, “This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to the death of more civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.” Other lawmakers expressing criticism included Senators Michael Bennet (D–CO), Ben Cardin (D–MD), Ted Cruz (R–TX), Dick Durbin (D–IL), Ed Markey (D–MA), Jeff Merkley (D–OR), Elizabeth Warren (D–MA), and Representatives Joaquín Castro (D–TX) and Steny Hoyer (D–MD).
A number of Republicans with libertarian leanings also criticized the strike. Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) said, “President Trump should make his case in front of the American people and allow their elected representatives to debate the benefits and risks of further Middle East intervention to our national security interests.” Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) tweeted, “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.” Representatives Justin Amash (R–MI) said, “Airstrikes are an act of war. Atrocities in Syria cannot justify a departure from Constitution, which vests in Congress the power to commence war,” and Thomas Massie (R–KY) called it a “big mistake”.
Former congressman Ron Paul argued that because in Syria “things [had been] going along reasonably well for the conditions” there was “zero chance” that Assad had deliberately used chemical weapons, and called the attack a “false flag“. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted that the strike could lead the U.S. into a new long-term quagmire and that “such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy and for the American people”.
Many right-wing/leaning populist media figures criticized Trump’s reversal of policy towards war in Syria and the Middle East. Ann Coulter pointed out that Trump “campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast” and this was one of the reasons many voted for him.
A poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News reported divided opinions among the US public regarding the strikes, with a narrow majority opposing any further military action against the Syrian Government.
Syria and allies
Syrian state media condemned the strike, calling it an “act of aggression”, and claiming it caused unspecified losses. The Syrian Army said that its response will be to continue to “crush terrorism” and restore “peace and security to all Syrians”. The Governor of Homs, Talal Barazi, said that the strike proves that the United States is supporting terrorism within Syria. Barazi told the Syrian News Channel that “they are not surprised today to see the supporting parties interfering directly after the failure of terrorists in targeting Syria”.
The spokesperson for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called the missile strikes “unjust and arrogant aggression”, and an “outrageous act”, and that the attack “does not change the deep policies” of the Syrian Government. The Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari at the UN Security Council session stated that “this act makes America a partner of ISIL, Al-Nusra and other terrorist groups”, and it was a violation of the U.N. Charter.
Najib Ghadbian, a representative of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, welcomed the strikes: “They are first good steps but we would like them to be part of a bigger strategy that would put an end to the mass killing, an end to impunity and eventually we hope that they will lead to a kind of a political transition [in Syria].” The pro-Turkish Kurdish National Council welcomed the missile strikes in Syria. “All Syrian people, including the Kurds, are happy and welcoming such an air campaign by the United States”, a leader in the Kurdish Unity Party, part of the KNC, stated.
Salih Muslim Muhammad, co-leader of the Democratic Union Party, stated that the attack “must yield positive results since the parties who did not believe in a political solution” will “reconsider” and “see that there is no military solution”, and the US was “forced” to execute the attack. The PYD “hoped” that the US will not only attack the Syrian government but “other parties have also used it, in Sheikh Maqsood, in Rojava, and Raqqa.”
The Russian president′s spokesman said the U.S. strike was an “an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of international law under a trumped-up pretext”, which “substantially impair[ed]” Russia–United States relations. The Russian Government also alleged that the strike was an attempt to distract the world from civilian casualties in Iraq (an apparent reference to U.S. airstrike in Mosul that killed more than 200). The Russian foreign ministry denounced the strike as being based on false intelligence and against international law, suspended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Prevention of Flight Safety Incidents that had been signed with the U.S., and called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov compared the strike to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Russian prime minister Dimitry Medvedev said the attack had placed the U.S. on the cusp of warfare with Russia. Russia has sent the frigate Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate to the east Mediterranean in response and warned that the US strike could have “extremely serious” consequences.
Iran′s president Hassan Rouhani condemned the U.S. military strike, saying Trump had claimed that “he wanted to fight terrorism but today all terrorists in Syria are celebrating the U.S. attack.” According to Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif′s tweet, “Not even two decades after 9/11, U.S. military fighting on same side as al-Qaida & ISIS in Yemen & Syria. Time to stop hype and cover-ups.” He described U.S. concerns regarding chemical attacks as hypocritical, inasmuch as the United States had supported Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein as they massively used chemical weapons during the Iran–Iraq war.
During Friday prayers in Tehran, worshipers protesting the strike chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Al Saud” – referring to the Saudi royal family. Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, who led the Friday prayers, called the United States “crazy” and blasted its “crimes”. Ayatollah Kashani said that the Americans “gave chemical weapons and substances to the terrorists while creating terrorists all over the world.”
The governments of Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany,Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey,Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom generally supported the strike, some calling it a just response and strong message against the use of chemical weapons. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union have also expressed support for the attack. During the April 10 European Union summit in Madrid, the leaders of southern EU nations (Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain) said that a US missile strike on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack was “understandable”.
Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn noted that the U.S. and Trump’s change in policy toward Assad government was surprising, and considered an international diplomatic effort as a solution. Slovakia and Netherlands said they understood why the strike was carried out but that it is important to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible. Finland stressed the role of the UN Security Council to work for a ceasefire and political negotiations to achieve sustainable peace. Austria also called for de-escalation of the situation and consider there can be only a political and not military solution for the conflict in Syria. The government of Cyprus believes the strike is not beyond international law if it concerns a serious violation of humanitarian law.
The Chinese, Greek and Swedish governments offered neutral responses to the attack while the Indonesian government expressed concern over the attack.Trump told Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China and his guest at Mar-a-Lago, that he had ordered the attack; the missiles were near their targets as the Chinese leader left the resort. Xi told Trump that he understood the need of a military operation to respond when children were killed, according to Rex Tillerson.  The Egyptian foreign ministry called on the United States and Russia to “contain the conflict” and reach a comprehensive and final resolution to the crisis, as did Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó who said that the civil war “cannot be resolved without an American-Russian accord” and Colombian President and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos who called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria and dialogue between the United States and Russia to avoid escalating the already complex situation. The government of Switzerland has urged the international community to tackle the escalating Syrian crisis through diplomatic means rather than military confrontation. Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland has described the strike as a “matter of grave concern”
The governments of Belarus, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela criticized the strikes, with Bolivia describing the actions as a violation of international law and Iran arguing that the strike would strengthen terrorists and complicate the war. Bolivian ambassador Sacha Llorenty accused the U.S. for “imperialistic action” and related the current US Security Council situation with the one from 2003 about the Iraq War, when Colin Powell wrongly alleged that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction. President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, “slammed” the missile strike, calling it “illegal” and a “violation of international law”, stating that the attack was “based on lies” and that Syria was going through internal conflict to help “U.S. imperial interests”. Belarus condemned the attack as “unacceptable”, while Venezuela described the attack as a violation of Syria’s sovereignty. Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes Ferreira condemned the “unilateral use of force” by the United States without authorization from the United Nations. North Korea said that the strikes were an unforgivable act of aggression and that the strikes demonstrate why the country is entitled to its nuclear weapons program.
The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appealed “for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people”, and that “there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution”.
Let us look at some theory on why this Syrian Iraqi conflict matter.
The Middle East is resource rich that why bush when in to Iraq to have control of the oil that one of the reason why the Russian is there. Europe get it oil and gas from Russia but Europe want oil from another source so that when there is war with Russia Europe don’t have to fear people freezing to death. The source that Europe wants to get it oil from is Qatar but the pipe line must cross through Syria and since Syria is the friend of Russia and they meaning Syria said not that a big problem so there has been an secret operation to remove Assad from power to get the oil.
Another reason why Russia is in Syria while the us have 800 base in 70 country outside the us but Russia has only one base and you guess it is in Syria so Russia will do all in its power to keep the base because if assad fall Russia will be kick out.
When trump was campaigning he said in a tweet that Obama rating was getting low and he might attack iran to get his numbers up. Trump knowing this that America like a war and more importantly his rating is low so is this attack gear to boast his numbers. This could well be as people are saying that today trump became president and we are guided by the beauty of our weapon. That why I said that it dosent matter who is president there will always be a war because the MIC make money by waging war if there is on war the MIC is dead.
The Media has had a Russia orgasm lately where the media have been accusing Russia of changing the outcome of the election and trump begin the puppet of Putin could this attack be in a way of diverting attention away from Russia and also showing that he is no puppet of Putin.
Since the creation of isis a lot of artifact have being destroy or stolen. At the end of this war the rich history in that part of the world would have been lost forever by the hand of isis and other people who want to prevent us from knowing our full / true history.
The Muslim believe that the only way that their messiah can come is when the middle east is chaos so that why most of this groups welcome the chaos as this is a shore sign that the Mahadi is soon to come in sociology this is called the self fulfilling Prophecy as many of this groups are deliberately creating their own chaos to speed up the arrival of their so called messiah.