Germany backs allied airstrikes in Syria as ‘necessary and appropriate’

Syrian Strike

Berlin, April 14: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said coordinated airstrikes against Syria were  ‘necessary and appropriate’ response to the chemical attack that claimed dozens of lives in Douma.

“We support the fact that our US, British and French allies … Assumed their responsibilities. The military intervention was necessary and appropriate,” Merkel said in a statement.

“Everything leads us to believe that (Assad) bears responsibility” for the Douma attack, Merkel added.

On Thursday, the chancellor had ruled out Germany joining any military action against Syria.

Today she stated it appeared likely that the Syrian regime “had used chemical weapons against its own people on several occasions in the past”. Merkel added: “A century after the end of World War I… We must fight against the erosion of the (international) convention on chemical weapons”.

The US in coordination with Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Donald Trump sought to “punish” his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Friday.


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