U.S. launched missile strike on Syrian base
In retaliation to a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base Thursday evening.
U.S. forces launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, both in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, at 4:40 a.m. Friday in Syria, according to a Department of Defense news release.
The attack targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars at the Shayrat Airfield, which, according to the DOD, was used to store chemical weapons and the aircraft used to carry out the April 4 gas attack in northern Syria.
“Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,” said Trump in a statement to the nation Thursday night. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”