Daniel Schearf, VOA: Russia’s Suspension of US Cooperation on Syrian Airspace Elevates Risk of Clash
MOSCOW — Russia on Friday condemned the U.S. strike on a government-controlled air base in Syria, saying it would increase Syria's air defenses in reaction.
Russia called the attack an aggression against a sovereign state and a violation of international law under false pretenses. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the U.S. cruise missile attack was effectively helping Islamist militant groups active in Syria, including the so-called Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra.
"We don't yet know what goals Washington wanted to achieve by deciding to carry out these strikes, but it is unequivocally clear that the strikes were de facto carried out in the interests of Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations,” said Peskov.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials on Last Night's U.S. Missile Strike On Syria
Analysis: Trump's Syria strike sends message, carries risks -- AP
How accurate was U.S. strike on Syrian airbase? -- CBS
Syria war: US strikes a resolute signal from Trump -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC
Syria: Donald Trump's missile strike far from an end for those living in Bashar al-Assad's hell: ANALYSIS -- Philip Williams, ABC News Online
Trump's red line: Speed in which President launched airstrikes against Syria lays bare just how different he is from methodical Obama and his lack of action -- Daily Mail
Syria strikes add to list of 21st century US military forays -- Josh Lederman, AP
Trump's senseless Syria strikes accomplish nothing -- Moustafa Bayoumi, The Guardian
By bombing Assad base, Trump made his point. But what happens next? -- Julian Borger, The Guardian
Trump’s Syria Whiplash: The president has gone from calling to keep Bashar Assad to bombing his regime in mere days. -- Blake Hounshell, Politico
Trump’s message to the rest of the world: Time to take me seriously -- John Podhoretz, NYPost
Syria missile strike raises troubling questions for US and its allies: Analysis -- Matt Brown, ABC News Online
Trump's Attack on Syria: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -- War On The Rocks
Trump just bombed Syria. What next? -- Marc Lynch, Washington Post
Putin's Syria Gambit at Risk as Trump Challenges With Strike -- Henry Meyer , Ilya Arkhipov , and Stepan Kravchenko, Blomberg
What's America's Next Move in Syria? -- Aaron David Miller & Richard Sokolsky, National Interest
What next for US-Russia ties after Syria strike? -- Al Jazeera
Trump Strikes Assad. What Now? -- Economist
U.S. strikes not seen as gamechanger in complex Syrian conflict -- Katie Paul and Asma Alsharif, Reuters
Why did Trump strike Syria? -- Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky, CNN
Trump’s change of heart on Syria isn’t reassuring, it’s profoundly disturbing -- David Shariatmadari, The Guardian
Is Assad to blame for the chemical weapons attack in Syria? -- Matthias von Hein, DW
Just who is fighting in the Syrian conflict? -- Elizabeth Schumacher, DW
What Is Al-Shayrat Military Airfield? -- Nora Kelly, The Atlantic
Shayrat airbase: One of the major strongholds of Assad's Air Force -- TASS
Syria: Timeline of the civil war and US response -- ABC News Online