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The United States launched a military strike Thursday, April 2, 2017, on a Syrian government air base in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians earlier that week. The strike took place at 8:40 p.m. ET, when there would have been minimal activity at the Syrian base. This attack targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and "the things that make the airfield operate," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis . The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks according to U.S officials.
To justify the airstrike President Trump said, “On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack"
The strike represents a substantial escalation of the US military campaign in the region as it is the first direct military action taken by the US against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year civil war. This could also be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.
According to a televised statement by the Syrian Armed Forces General Command, at least six people were killed in the attack. Russia describe the act as an act of aggression while Assad's office called it a disgraceful act.
Trump's decision marked a dramatic shift in his position on whether the US should take military action against the Syrian President's regime, which Trump opposed during his presidential campaign.