US Missile Strikes Syria News
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump ordered a massive
military strike against Syria on Thursday in retaliation for a chemical
attack with a sarin-like nerve agent which Washington blames on
President Bashar al-Assad.
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. The official had earlier given the number of missiles
involved as 70.
The missiles were blasted from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which
belong to the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet and are located in the eastern Mediterranean.
A US official said the missiles targeted aircraft and runways at the base.
“This site was associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons
program and directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack April 4th,”
the White House official said.
“We assess with a high degree of confidence that the chemical weapons
attack earlier this week was launched from this site by air assets under
the command of the Assad regime,” the official added.
“We also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime used a chemical nerve agent consistent with sarin in these attacks.”
Inhaled or absorbed through the skin, sarin gas kills by crippling the respiratory center of the central nervous system and paralyzes the muscles around the lungs.
Sarin was used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime to gas thousands of Kurds in the northern town of Halabja in 1988.
The UN Security Council failed Thursday to reach agreement on demands for a thorough investigation of the strike in northwestern Syria’s Khan Sheikhun, in which at least 86 people, including 27 children, died.
Syrian state TV said Friday that a US military strike against a regime air base was an act of “aggression”.
“A US act of aggression (was committed) against Syrian military targets, using several missiles,” the channel said soon after the US announced the strike.
President Donald Trump called Thursday for “all civilized nations” to work to end the bloodshed in Syria, after launching a massive strike against the regime in retaliation for a chemical attack.
“On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent,” Trump said in a televised address from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types,” he said.
“We hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail.” – AFP