Last night the U.S. launched airstrikes against a Syrian military installation, an act of war against the Syrian government, without debate or approval by the U.S. Congress or U.N. Security Council. President Trump said the airstrikes were in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier this week.
The U.S. had already been increasing its military presence in the fight against ISIS, sending an additional 400 ground troops to Syria and as many as 1,000 more, as part of efforts to take the city of Raqqa. In addition, U.S. and coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq have killed an alarming number of civilians in recent weeks.
Staff from Syrian organizations that work with MCC have made clear that they strongly oppose the use of violence from all sides in the conflict, including chemical weapons, airstrikes and the bombardment of villages – events that have all taken place this week. Rather than fueling the flames of war, they urge support instead for a robust process of dialogue and diplomacy to address the root causes of the conflict.