Watch: SU security expert discusses impact of Syrian air strike

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - President Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory strike in response to Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on its own citizens earlier this week.

According to U.S. officials, warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, hitting the Syrian airbase that carried out those attacks.

It’s the first direct military strike the U.S. has taken against Syria since its civil war began.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have largely supported the strike, but the United Nations is pleading for de-escalation.

A man very familiar with these types of situations— SU’s director of national security studies Bill Smullen— sat down with NewsChannel 9 to talk about the attacks and their repercussions.

Smullen served Secretary of State Colin Powell for over a decade, last as his chief of staff in the state department.
 


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