Hillary Clinton Calls For Strike On Syrian Regime’s Airfields

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the U.S. military should strike Syrian President Bashar Assads air force in response to this weeks chemical attack that killed more than 70 civilians.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, said at the Women in the World summit in New York City that a retaliatory ten-strike would avoid Assad from carrying out similar assaults in the future.

Assad has an air force, and that air force was the source of most of these civilian demises as we have seen over the years and as we insured again in the last few days, Clinton said.And I actually believe that we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop-off sarin gas on them.

U.S. officers believe Assads regime is responsible for Tuesdays sarin gas attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Skeikhoun.

Hours after Clintons statements, the U.S. began striking targets in Syria.

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Hillary Clinton said the U.S. should “take out” the Syrian regime’s airfileds.

Clinton also rephrased her support for a no-fly zone in Syria, a policy she defendedthroughout the 2016 campaign.

I still believe we should have done a no-fly zone, she said.We should have been more willing to confront Assad.

The administration of former President Barack Obamas administration, in which Clinton served, asked Congress to approve the driving force against the Syrian regime in 2013, but legislators never voted on any such requests.

President Donald Trump has appeared to reverse course this week after years of opposing intervention in the Syrian conflict, which has left more than 207, 000 civilians dead since 2011. While his administration previously said removing Assad from power was no longer a objective, Trump this week said something should happen in response to the chemical attack.

Trump said hisshift came afterhe saw video of the attack.

That attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing, he said. And Ive been watching it and find it, and it doesnt get any worse than that. And I have that flexibility, and its very, very possible, and I will tell you, its already happened, that my posture toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.

This article has been updated to note the U.S. strike on Syria .

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