Thursday night, the U.S. Navy launched an estimated 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield.
The Tomahawk missile strike was a response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapon attack in Idlib, which the U.S. said it has “no doubt” he was behind.
There has been mixed reactions in the United States to the attack.
Independent Journal Review decided to reach out to Syrians who live in Syria and see what they felt about it.
These four Syrians have lived through the past six years of a brutal and horrific civil war.
Mahmood Talha, 32, resides in Aleppo, Syria:
“First, we welcome this blow to the Assad regime, which has been killing the Syrian people for six years. Assad was to be punished for committing a heinous crime by using chemical weapons against civilians in the city of Khan Sheikhoun.
With the need to continue this process and impose an air embargo to prevent the recurrence of massacres against the Syrian people and that hitting one base is not enough to stop the killing of Syrians every day through the regime of Assad and his allies Iran and Russia.
There is no doubt that America is restoring the momentum of world leadership and maintaining international peace and security through this process.”
Mohamad Shbeeb, 23, lives in Idlib, Syria:
“For me, I’m really pleased about the first strike, but this strike isn’t enough. If Trump’s administration is serious they must take Assad away from ruling Syria and judge him for his crimes.
I want to see more strikes against the regime, giving real support for the FSA and a no-fly zone. I think if that happens the regime will fall in weeks.”
Abdul Rahman Haj Ahmad, 31, resides in Aleppo, Syria:
“I feel good about it. But I cannot trust Trump just yet. Only if the U.S. does more bombing of Assad. But I’m pleased to see the airfield bombed and Assad punished for his war crimes.”
I hope that the U.S. will stand with freedom and justice and support the Syrian revolution seriously, and provide the Free Army with an air force and help the rebels to eliminate the crime and Assad’s regime, who supports terrorism in the region.”
Saleh Darwish, 35, lives in Aleppo, Syria:
“Yes, this is good for us. This is the first time that the Assad regime has been subjected to a severe blow and it is considered a punishment for the massacre of civilians in Khan Sheikhoun with sarin gas.
What will happen is there will be sporadic but not strong strikes that are seen as a warning to Bashar Assad.
President Trump made a bold decision to strike the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people are very happy with this work and we wish to bomb the entire Assad regime airports while Obama’s policy was ambiguous based on empty rhetoric and his mysterious and stupid policy brought Syria to this result, even if Obama bombed Bashar Assad would have ended this war.”
These perspectives give quite an insight into how people on the ground actually feel about the strike on Assad. While there are various responses in the U.S. to the use of force, it seems that, at least some Syrian residents appreciate America’s response against such a leader.