Russia and Iran Warn After US Strikes: There Will Be ‘Consequences’
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Warplanes and ships from the United States, France and the United Kingdom launched more than 100 missiles at three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development facility near Damascus, Friday night.
The Pentagon said that the strikes, which came as retaliation to Bashar al-Assad’s poisonous gas attack against civilians a week ago, hit the ‘Heart’ of the Syrian dictator’s chemical weapons program. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
President Trump says that the combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all aspects of our joint national powers: military, economic, and diplomatic.
Washington is “locked and loaded” to strike again if Syria’s president again uses chemical weapons, said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
What happens next? How can we pray?
Russia and Iran were quick to condemn the operations and issue a warning.
The Russian embassy in the US released a statement saying, “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” adding that Washington, London, and Paris will be held accountable.
Iran also responded to the attacks, warning of “regional consequences”.
As we wait to see what actions Russia and Iran might take, people around the world are on edge, wondering, “What next?”
Obviously, the greatest impact of these strikes is that they will deepen the hostility between the US and Russia, now at Cold War levels.
While Washington and Moscow may avoid direct military confrontation in Syria, it is also possible that Russia may quietly encourage allies in Syria to attack US forces east of the Euphrates River and along the Iraq-Syria border.
Russia may also decide not to restrain Iranian militia in southern Syria from provoking Israel. President Putin warned Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week not to further engage in military action in Syria, following airstrikes against Iranian militia last weekend that were attributed to the Israelis.
In an address from the White House Friday night, President Trump called upon every American to pray: “Tonight I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. We pray that God will guide the whole region toward a future of dignity and peace. And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America.”
- God of All Comfort, we pray for the healing and recovery of those suffering from Assad’s chemical weapons attack and comfort to those who have lost loved ones.
- Thank you, Lord, that Assad’s chemical weapons capacity has been crippled, (though we realize not yet eliminated) and that there were no immediate reports of casualties.
- Heavenly Father, we lift up to YOU our military forces stationed in Syria. We pray for their safety and success.
- Lord, we pray that YOU would give wisdom to our president, the Pentagon, our military leaders in the field and our allies. We ask that YOU will give clear military strategy to our leaders over the Syrian crisis.
- God of Peace, we ask that YOU would calm the escalating tension between Russia and the US and that YOU will guide them in taking steps to avoid direct conflict.
- Lord, we ask YOU to give President Netanyahu and his military advisors strategies from heaven and that YOU will protect Israel and her people in the midst of the complex and multisided conflicts she faces.
- Father God, continue to watch over and bless the United States of America and Israel. AMEN.
- Jack Khoury, “Russia and Iran Warn After US Strikes in Syria: There Will Be ‘Consequences,‘” Haaretz, April 14, 2018.
- Helene Cooper and Ben Hubbard, “Pentagon Says Syria Strikes Hit ‘Heart’ of Chemical Weapons Program,” April 14, 2018.
- “Trump Announces Airstrikes Against Syria,” full transcript and video,TheNew York Times, April 13, 2018.
- Melissa, Mahtani, “Zaria: I support Trump’s use of military power in Syria this week,” CNN Politics, Sunday, updated Sunday, April 15.
- Tim Lister, “Syria Strikes: The Real Impact is Moscow,” CNN, updated Sunday, April 15, 2018.