Just because Donald Trump is using the recent chemical attack as an excuse to bomb Syria does not mean the attack didn't happen. We need to acknowledge the reality of Syrian suffering at the hands of Assad, Putin and the U.S.
The main hospital, courthouse and municipal buildings are largely rubble—testimony to the intense government assault the town has been subjected to since being seized by the rebels six years ago.
Iraqis are clearly afraid that the North Atlantic intervention will embolden Islamic State to restart its operations.
The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.
Mike Pence will attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, this week, as the president oversees the U.S. response to Syria's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians.
The timing of the airstrikes, hours after President Trump said there would be "a big price to pay" for a chemical weapons attack, raises questions about whether Israel acted alone or as a U.S. proxy.
President Trump condemns a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria that killed women and children, calls the Syrian president an "animal," and threatens unspecified consequences.
The effort to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State "has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” the official says.