The United States has launched over 50 Tomahawk cruise missile strike at a Syrian military airbase where it was believed to be where the Syrian aircraft that carried out the chemical attacks on civilians were based.
Trump made a brief remark at Mar-a-Lago said that “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” and he further stated: “It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
The President further lamented: “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”
The missile strike came from two U.S. warships deployed in the Mediterranean which targeted the airfield in Al-Shayrat in Homs province in western Syria.
The missile strikes were the first direct military action that the United States has taken against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which represents a drastic escalation of the US’ military campaign in the region.
There is still no confirmation if there were casualties in the missile attack, though officials said that the strike was aimed at aircraft and infrastructure and that no personnel was targeted.
President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Assad of being responsible for the suspected sarin chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians including women and children.
There was no reaction from Russia at this point, which Tillerson and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley have accused of turning a blind eye into Syria’s indiscretions.
Amb. Haley at the UN said that Russia, “chose to close their eyes to the barbarity. They defied the conscience of the world.” She further adds that “Russia cannot escape responsibility for this,”