Trump’s Middle East Interventions By: Nicholas Warner
Background ● On August 7, 1998, Al Qaeda suicide bombers struck U.S. embassies in East Africa. ● Two weeks later President Bill Clinton launched Operation Infinite Reach, a volley of cruise missiles at a supposed Al Qaeda meeting in Afghanistan, and a factory in Sudan. ● Since then we have striked Kosovo, Waziristan, and Libya. ● Firing off missiles in the modern era seems to have become a rite of passage for presidents.
Trump’s Cruise Missile Strike ● On April 4th, President Trump learned that President Assad of Syria had killed or sickened hundreds of people in a chemical attack (using banned sarin) on a rebel occupied town. ● Trump then launched 59 tomahawk missiles against an air base in Syria. ● Trump said the strike is aimed at ending “the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria”.
MOAB Strike ● On April 13th Trump dropped a MOAB for the first time in combat history. ● It targeted ISIS controlled caves and tunnel complexes in eastern Afghanistan.
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