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Jakarta Post

Restoring peace in Syria

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:19 am

United States President Donald Trump, along with his British and French cohorts, has fulfilled his promise to strike Syria over the latest chemical attack against residents in Douma on April 7, sending over 100 cruise missiles to three sites believed to be part of Syria’s chemical weapons program.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime has often been accused of using chemical weapons against his own population, despite being party to the Chemical Weapons Convention since 2013. Less than one year later, Syria destroyed its hoard of declared chemical weapons, as verified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Many, however, believe a large cache of undeclared chemical weapons remains.

The West’s air strikes, which have aroused international concern, took place on Saturday just as OPCW inspectors arrived in Syria to conduct investigations...