America bombs Syria on the 100-year anniversary of the day war was declared against Germany starting World War I
Two American warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Sha’irat air base
The attack was a response to a chemical attack that happened in Idlib on Tuesday
At least 20 of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s airships are said to have been destroyed in the attack
On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. April 4, 1917, the U.S. Senate voted in support of the war and on April 6, 1917, America declared war on Germany.
April 6, 2017, the world may have watched the official start of World War III as the United States bombed Syria just two days after a deadly chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the Idlib province of Syria. The international community has deemed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the one responsible for the horrific attack that killed just under 100 people, including at least two dozen children.
Two US warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at one target, Ash Sha’irat in Homs province in western Syria. Ash Sha’irat is the air base that the United States claims to believe Assad used to carry out the deadly chemical attack.
There are no current reports that are accurate on casualties from the attack. US officials claimed that aircraft and infrastructure were the target of the attack, not people. A Syrian military source claimed that there were loses, but did not go into any detail. At least twenty of Assad’s airships were said to have been destroyed. It was reported that there were Russian soldiers on the Sha’irat air base, but their exact status was unknown.
Trump made the decision to attack Syria even though in 2013 he was one of the biggest opponents to the Obama administration getting involved during the last chemical attack. Thursday’s attack is the first time America has “officially” bombed Syria since the country’s civil war began in 2011.
In March, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that “our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.” Fast forward to one month later, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that Assad would not have a role in governing Syria. Tillerson went on to say that “steps are underway” for a US-led international push to remove Assad from power.