Sen. Cotton says Syria attack should be lesson for Iran, North Korea

(from left) Defense Secretary James Mattis and Marine Corps. Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, address the media after Friday’s strike on Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Photo courtesy Talk Business & Politics.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Talk Business & Politics) - The Friday night (April 13) missile strikes against Syria through a combined effort of U.S., U.K. and French forces, should also send a lesson to Iranian and North Korean leaders “to learn the easy way,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

Friday’s strike, ordered by President Donald Trump in coordination with U.K. and French leaders, was in response to alleged April 7 chemical attacks by the Syrian government on its citizens. U.S. officials say the chemical attacks killed women and children “and other innocents.” Syria has denied it used chemical weapons.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than double the munitions were launched against Syria than during an April 2017 attack following that country’s use of chemical weapons. Targets of the Friday attack included a scientific research center in Damascus, Syria’s capital city. The second target was a chemical weapons storage site, and the third target was “an important command post” and chemical weapons storage site, according to Marine Corps. Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The targets that were struck and destroyed were specifically associated with the Syrian regime chemical weapons program,” Dunford said.

Cotton, who serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called on President Trump to continue striking if Syria again uses chemical weapons.

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