23 Jun '17, 1pm

Senator calls strikes on Syrian forces 'unlawful'

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has spoken out against recent military strikes on Syrian forces, calling them illegal, according to an interview with Yahoo News . There have been several attacks on Syrian forces since the Trump administration’s transition into office, notably the April retaliation against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons as well as the June 18 takedown of a Syrian warplane by a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. "Those are self-defense strikes, and the commander on the ground has the authority to take whatever action necessary, and I support that," U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. “The 2001 authorization said we can take action against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. Nobody claims that Syria was a perpetrator. Nobody claims that they are connected to al-Qaida. In f...

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