>> Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike.>> The toughest direct US action yet in Syria's six year old civil war. America unleashing military strikes on a Syrian airbase late Thursday, a move Donald Trump says was vital to US national security. Warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.
Targeting Syrian aircraft, an airstrip, and fuel stations near Homs. It's a response to this week's deadly chemical weapons attack blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. US defense officials say the missile strike was a one-off. Reuters' Jonathan Landay says, any US military action is a risky move by Trump.
>> The US military strike on Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack holds some potentially serious ramifications for the United States including the possibility of dragging the United States deeper into the morass of the Syrians civil war and potentially a direct clash with Russia or Iran>> The governor of Homs has confirmed there were deaths from the US strike but so far no numbers have been given.
Russia has responded calling for an urgent UN security council meeting, warning the US strikes risk undermining the fight against terrorism in Syria and that they could bring an end to military cooperation with the US. Until now, Trump's almost exclusively focused his Syria policy on defeating Islamic State militants in the country's north.
His latest move marks a step his predecessor never took. In 2013, President Obama considered then rejected a cruise missile strike also in response to the use chemical weapons.>>