U.S Military International Conflict
On April 6, sixty tomahawk missiles were launched at Syria by the United States. Syria had launched a chemical attack, killing four hundred men, women, and children. The main agent behind the chemical attack was Sarin. Sarin is a poisons gas that is colorless and odorless. It is often referred to as a weapon of mass destruction.
What we know so far is that Syria gassed their people, and the U.S shot missiles at a Syria airbase. However, it’s a lot more complicated than that, since the Middle East has been raging on with war for the past twenty years. The gas used in the most recent attack is a banned gas; The United Nations had a list of allowed and prohibited weapons in war. Sarin is a nerve agent that cripples the body. Syria’s civil war has been going on for six years, and many blame President Bashar al-Assad for the attack on the town of Khan Shiekhoun in Idlib Province. In retaliation of the gas attacks, the United States Military fired sixty tomahawk missiles at a Syrian Air base. Russia, one of Syria’s largest allies, has accused the U.S and other countries of jumping to judgement too quickly and is threatening to veto a UN Security Council. President Trump spoke about the attack, saying, “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” The attack killed at least seventy people, leaving hundreds injured. Sarin causes lung failure and bleeding in the lungs, leading to an extremely painful death. The majority of citizens agree retaliation was needed; however, many agree it would have been best to ask Congress for permission before retaliating. We could be on the verge of another long war, or on the first steps of a nuclear war.
On April 14, the word was given to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, the MOAB. MOAB stands for Mother of All Bombs, weighing in at 22,600 pounds, with the blast yield being 11 tons TNT. The MOAB has currently confirmed ninety-four ISIS members dead in Afghanistan. ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant are a terrorist organization founded in 1999 by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. Their current headquarters are in Raqqa, Syria. Afghan officials released a statement confirming ninety-four ISIS members were killed from ISIS. Currently, ISIS is spreading throughout the Middle East, infamously known for beheading people they capture. The tension between the U.S and Syria has settled down.
The U.S and North Korea has ramped up in a high tension. Kim Jong Un has pledged to fire a nuclear missile if the U.S strikes North Korea. Currently, the U.S.S Carl Vinson is around the edge of South Korea. The U.S.S Carl Vinson is a United States Aircraft carrier with a current crew of 6,062. The last nuclear launch test from North Korea ended in failure on April 16. As of today, North Korea has no known fire power that could reach the United States; however it has possible power to reach Japan. If a nuclear bomb were to hit Japan, the United States would most likely take action against North Korea.
This past week has been very eventful, and the coming weeks will be similar. Time will tell where action guides us.