The U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airfield in Syria overnight in retaliation for the country’s deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. The bombardment was the first US directed assault on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government since the civil war broke out in 2011. The missiles, fired from the USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, rained down on the Shayrat Air Base in western Syria, according to the Pentagon. The targets included “hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars,” said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” President Trump said late Thursday from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., following the attack.
Trump added, “Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror. It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons”.