Russian aerial video shows the damage done to a Syrian airfield after a U.S. missile strike.
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Syria, Russia and Iran all condemned the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military base. Russia has suspended the “deconfliction agreement,” which prevents U.S. fighter jets from coming into conflict with Russian jets in the region.
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Video from the USS Porter and USS Ross show multiple missile launches against the Shayrat air base in the central Syrian province of Homs. (April 7)
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Six people were killed and serious damage caused by a US missile strike on a Syrian air base in the centre of the country early Friday, Syria’s army says.
Video provided by AFP
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The U.S. fired missiles at a Syrian air base Thursday in response to what is believed to be a chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this week.
Video provided by Newsy
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Evidence is pointing towards the nerve agent as what was used in the Syrian chemical attack. Veuer’s Emily Drooby (@emilydrooby) explains.
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In Syria’s Khan Sheikhun, victim of a deadly ‘chemical attack’ blamed on the Damascus regime, residents know the massive US strike on a Syrian air base will not bring their loved ones back to life, but they hope it will inflict a lesson on President Bashar al-Assad.
Video provided by AFP
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The United States has attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad. (April 6)
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US Defense Department video shows some of the missiles fired at Syria from two U.S. Navy ships. The US attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar Assad. (April 7)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was notified prior to the Syrian missile strikes and says he is fully committed to working with the administration in the days ahead. (April 7)
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President Trump ordered the firing of 59 tomahawk missiles against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack. Here’s what we know about the weapon of choice.
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Syrian TV identifies this as the Syrian airfield hit by U.S. missiles. The Syrian military is calling the U.S. strike a “blatant act of aggression.”
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The Syrian military says the U.S. missile strikes in Syria killed at least six people. The U.S. says the missiles were a response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The move could raise tensions with Russia, which backs Syria’s President. (April 7)
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Foreign affairs reporter Oren Dorell explains who is fighting whom in the Syrian Civil War in two minutes.
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President Donald Trump suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad may have to leave power after this week’s chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said that what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity.
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President Trump made a statement regarding the U.S. cruise missile strike on Syria after chemical weapons attack.
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Powerful images out of Syria reveal the sad impact violence has had on the nation. Some of the images in the video may be disturbing.
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Arizona supporters of the Syrian people back military action against ‘brutal regime,’ encourage openness to refugees from war-torn nation.
One Syrian-born Arizonan said the U.S. airstrike Thursday on a Syrian military base was a welcome move, but he remained uncertain about the long-term impact of the bombing on the civil war-torn country and its leader, President Bashar Assad.
“I think it’s about time something like that would happen to stop that brutal regime from killing its own people and slaughtering civilians, the elderly and children,” said Ali Homsi, one of the founding members of the Syrian Community Network in Arizona. He is a civil engineer who moved to the United States from Syria as a student in 1978.
“Furthermore, (Assad) has been using chemical weapons for a long time and the world has given it a blind eye. Now we have a president, finally, who is willing to do something about it.”
Asked if he thought the airstrikes ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump would create more chaos on the ground in Syria, Homsi said he was unsure.
“You know, it’s just one incident, so it’s hard to tell,” Homsi said. “Knowing how the regime thinks, if they are going to pay for their actions, I would think they would stop using the chemicals at least.”
Above all, Homsi made clear that the carnage in Syria, which has led millions to flee the country, cannot continue.
“This needs to be stopped at some point,” Homsi said. “The world watches, and history will not be kind to us when it is written. People are being slaughtered and the world is just putting their heads in the sand. All the Syrian people wanted is freedom, and it got turned into a violent regime and a civil war.”
‘We accept such a small number of refugees’
Tan Jakwani, another Phoenix-area resident and an organizer of the local Syrian Sweets Exchange program, said the U.S. airstrike on Syria was a good start, but she remaiined concerned about the U.S. policy on accepting refugees.
“It is a good start, but I do not know why this reaction to the chemical attack has not been done over the past six years,” Jakwani said. “Does this mean it is OK to use other weapons but not chemical weapons?”
Jakwani said the U.S. should accept more refugees from Syria and that immigrants can be a vital resource to the United States.
“We are so rich and so blessed and yet we accept such a small number of refugees,” Jakwani said. “I understand people in our country need jobs, but we also have so many resources. My family are immigrants from Vietnam and we are engineers, professors and pharmacists. Refugees will become contributors, but we need to help them become successful, because then the U.S. will be successful.”
The Syrian Sweets Exchange, which Jakwani helps run, puts on bake sales around the Valley featuring traditional Syrian desserts. But the organization also has a greater purpose: It facilitates the “adoption” of Syrian refugee families by American hosts.
Jakwani says it is ideal to have two American families adopt one refugee family so when one family travels, the other can cover for them, and vice versa. The American families visit the refugee family one a week, take the kids to libraries and parks and check on their needs. There is no financial obligation.
“The (American) families come back to see them again and again and again,” Jakwani said. “They help them get GEDs, find jobs, and do whatever they can to help these people to rebuild their lives.
“My father was a Vietnam refugee, so this means a lot to me. A sponsor family helped him rebuild his life. I hope more Arizonans help Syrian refugees.”
According to Jakwani, the Syrian Sweets Exchange has an information desk at its bake sales for people to learn how to help refugees. The group also has a Facebook page where people can post items that they need and others will see it, spread the word and provide those items.
The last big Syrian bake sale before summer will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 56th Street and Shea Boulevard, Phoenix.
“I hope people will come out to show support for Syrian refugees,” Jakwani said.
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