United States officials said the military had fired 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase controlled by Assad's forces, in response to a poison gas attack on Tuesday in a rebel-held area. "Any further action will require close scrutiny by Congress, and any escalation beyond airstrikes or missile strikes will require engaging the American people in that decision".
"We also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime used a chemical nerve agent consistent with sarin in these attacks". And, as always, our support and prayers are with the fearless Americans in uniform who carried out the military strike tonight.
President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, after the US fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria.
The strike launched by the U.S.is a solid shift from the previous comments of Trump's administration, as he said that the U.S should remain laser-focused on defeating ISIS while he largely ignored Al-Assad.
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A White House official said 59 precision-guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where the United States believes Tuesday's deadly attack was launched.
President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he ordered targeted missile strikes on Syria as he called on "all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed" in that country. USA informed Russian forces ahead of cruise missile strikes on Syria's Shayrat Airfield, the White House said in a statement.
The attacks earlier this week killed more than 100 Syrians, including many children.
The Syrian government has denied the use of chemical weapons on its own people.
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The airstrike came amid Trump's closely-watched summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida.
At the direction of the president, USA forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).
Indeed, his approach seems quite different from opinions he expressed in 2013, when then-president Barack Obama was considering a retaliatory strike on Syria following a chemical attack.
Officials said the United States had informed Russian Federation ahead of the strikesn.
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