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US launches missile strikes against Syria

April 6th, 2017 | Tags:
The cruise missiles were fired from US ships in the Mediterranean. Photo: Getty Images
BBC NEWS

The US has carried out a missile attack against targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town.

A Pentagon official said about 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from US Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean at a Syrian air base.

In a televised address, President Donald Trump said the base was where Tuesday's attack was launched from.

He called on "all civilised nations" to help end the conflict in Syria.

Dozens of civilians, including many children, died in the suspected nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.

Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, President Trump branded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "dictator" who had "launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".

"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."

The Pentagon said Russia, which is supporting the Syrian military, had been informed ahead of the US attack.

7 Responses to “US launches missile strikes against Syria”

  • qc (06/04/2017, 23:34) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    here we go again. Meddling where we don't belong, and killing human beings in the process.
  • NYT (06/04/2017, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm sure all the Trump cheerleaders regarding his impulsive actions today are enthusiastic about accepting the refugees and are pouring money into offsetting the humanitarian crisis. After all, he, and you, care deeply about innocent Muslim lives.
  • overseas (06/04/2017, 23:41) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Excuse me... What happens if they (the syrians) shoot back ..... do we destroy syria?
  • usa (06/04/2017, 23:45) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    well - he found a way to get everyone's mind off his Russian connections. I'm sure he spoke with Putin first.
  • lord o. (07/04/2017, 12:19) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Right move. That's why God made some of us strong and courageous to represent and fight for the weak and helpless...Good Job Trump... Obama should have done that long time and he would have save a lot of innocent lives.
  • gawking hawking (08/04/2017, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they like maple syria on their pancakes. obama likes his hand on your wallet.
  • NYT (10/04/2017, 21:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    May God help us all now that there will be no regulations on this greedy and dishonest profession.


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