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Biden orders airstrikes on Syria

It has been about 1-2 months since Biden has been inaugurated and many people hoped that the pandemic would come to a stop under a different administration. However, near the end of February, Biden sent a bomb strike on Syria delivering a message. According to Associated Press a non bias news site, Biden ordered the attacks to Syria to warn Iran. “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” Biden said when a reporter asked what message he had intended to send with the airstrikes.

Pictures of before and after war in Syria

Later the Pentagon reported that the airstrike destroyed several buildings in eastern Syria but were not intended to eradicate the militia groups that used them to facilitate attacks inside Iraq. The administration officials later defended the airstrikes and said that they were legal and appropriate. They said that the airstrike took out facilities that housed valuable “capabilities” used by Iranian-backed militia groups to attack American and allied forces in Iraq.

Even with the justification, many Americans are angry. They called the airstrike inhuman and have lost faith in the newly inaugurated President. Even members of the democratic administration denounced the strikes because they were done before the authorization of lawmakers. They said the strike was not a “defensive strike” as the Pentagon mentioned and denounced the president’s actions.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 22 people died. Those attacks came more than a year after Iraq’s parliament voted to expel U.S. troops — an order ignored by both the Trump and Biden administrations. Instead of leaving, the administrations chose to stay which would obviously lead to conflict. “Very quickly the Biden administration is falling into the same old patterns of before, of responding to this and that without having a clear strategy that actually would extract us from these various conflicts and actually pave the way for much more productive diplomacy,” says Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute. California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says President Biden’s recent airstrikes in Syria lacked legal authority. “This is not an ambiguous case. The administration’s actions are clearly illegal under the United States’ law and under international law,” says Khanna.

Overall it seems like many people have denounced the president’s actions. The president acted without approval of other members creating distrust in the democratic party. Hopefully, the trust and cooperation can be regained in the remaining 4 years of his term.

Sources:
https://apnews.com/article/us-syria-airstrike-kills-1-34b4d7ac56fa8d0d2db8dc2ec8e921d6
https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/1/syrian_airstrikes_biden_administration

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