U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack


Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea
Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea
The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government’s use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

The U.S. military fired at least 50 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha’irat in Homs province in western Syria, the officials said.

That’s the airfierld from which the United States believes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, have bluntly blamed Syria for the chemical weapons attack, whose victims included at least 25 children.

Tillerson told reporters on Thursday that “there is no doubt in our minds” that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack. And in a combative speech at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, Haley warned: “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”

NBC News reported Thursday that Defense Secretary James Mattis briefed President Donald Trump on U.S. military options, which included carrying out targeted strikes against those responsible for Tuesday’s attack.

There was no immediate reaction from Russia, which Tillerson and Haley have accused of turning a blind eye to Syria’s transgressions.

“Russia cannot escape responsibility for this,” Haley said at the United Nations. “They chose to close their eyes to the barbarity. They defied the conscience of the world.”

Thursday, Tillerson urged Russia to “consider carefully their continued support of the Assad regime.”



4 responses to “U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack”

  1. Bravo Trump.
    I thought you will be only drawing red lines like Obama.

  2. The Financial Times reported that Tillerson said earlier today that the gas attack showed that ‘there would be no role for Assad to govern the Syrian people” and said the international community should come together to remove him from power. Asked if the US would organize an international coalition to pave the way for his removal, Mr Tillerson said: “Those steps are under way.”

    Fantastic , amazing , finally someone is doing something about this murderer

  3. USS Ross Launches Tomahawk Strike on Syrian Air Base https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QytEkcDtaQA

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