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Humanitarian intervention in Syria was fundamentally illegal

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 16 April 2018

 
 

Editor's note

On the weekend the US, France and Britain launched air strikes in Syria. The move was in response to a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma, allegedly by its own government. But despite the horrific images, Andrew Bell says the humanitarian intervention was fundamentally illegal.

The world now waits to see what Russia and Iran may do. Mehmet Ozalp writes that tit-for- tat fighting is unlikely, but the unknown in all of this is the unpredictable US president.

And when the war does finally end, how can aid agencies help rebuild a shattered country? Denis Dragovic argues it will be no easy exercise, with the politics of aid likely to be complex and arduous.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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