President Donald Trump launching a military strike on 77 days of his administration at the Al Shayrat airfield at 3:40 am local time 8:40 pm in Washington, specifically targeting the same base that conducted chemical weapons attack, in response to the barbaric act of Bashar al-Assad regime.
The military strike in Syria undermines the central goal of Trump of having close Russian-United States relations. The Trump’s Foreign policy involving Syrian military action will shape the future of the meeting next week between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin that has denounced the use of force as an aggression against a sovereign state, and a violation of international law.
While US said Russia and Iran bore heavy responsibility for the chemical attack and accused Russia of being complicit or by allowing Assad to use such weapons or through “incompetent” oversight of their ally’s obligations.
Trump’s unilateral military intervention in Syria has been applauded domestically by Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham and internationally by Western leaders and Israel along with Saudi Arabia in the middle East while conveying a message to North Korea and elsewhere that US President Trump will act if red lines are crossed in violation of international norms banning the use of chemical and other weapons.
US foray into Syrian conflict has created significant differences between Washington and Moscow as the Kremlin suspended an agreement to share information about air operations over the country that was devised to avoid accidental conflict.
As the warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the air base, Russia acted to bolster Syrian air defence systems by dispatching a Frigate that entered the Mediterranean Sea on Friday and reach the logistics base at the strategic Syrian Syrian port of Tartus.
What will be the outcome of the Trump’s military intervention in Syria
- The main agenda of summit between Tillerson and Putin will be Syria and Assad’s future and how far it will lead to deterioration of relations between US and Russia.
- The situation may also create a power vacuum that again allow the Islamic State jihadists to regroup and congregate and which may further complicate Trump’s plan of eliminating ISIS.
- Trump is yet to announce his Syrian plan as the previous efforts to conduct fair elections, enact new constitution and democratic end to Assad regime stand annulled.
Trump’s action without Congress authorization and approval of the United Nations sends a message worldwide that US being the sole superpower will unilaterally act without losing time if any country crosses the red lines in violation of international laws that forbids the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction.