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Trump’s message to Assad

Last week’s US missile strikes won’t bring the Syrian conflict closer to resolution—but they still served a purpose

By Tim Eaton  

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ©SalamPix/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

President Donald Trump’s authorisation of missile strikes on the Shayrat airbase in Syria last week has divided opinion. For some, the action was a proportionate response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.  For others, it is a strategically meaningless move that may serve to escalate the Syrian conflict rather than bring it closer to a resolution. How one assesses the effectiveness of the strikes is largely dependent on the context in which they are being…

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