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Trump Launches Strike Against Syria with 59 Tomahawk Missiles

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In response to the chemical gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, United States has launched an attack on a Syrian Airbase. The targeted airbase is said to have been the source of the air strike that killed nearly a hundred civilians including men, women, and children.

On Thursday night, the US president Donald Trump announced on public television that he would be ordering an attack on Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians. “It is in this vital national interest of the United States to prevent and deter the use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons and violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.” This is what Donald Trump said in his press conference.

59 tomahawk missiles were launched from two warships stationed in the Mediterranean. The targets were hardened aircraft bunkers, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, logistical and petroleum storage, and radars. A total of 9 civilians were said to have been killed from the airstrike including 4 children.

 

The Syrian Government denounces the attack and calls it as “US aggression” and violation of international laws. Both Russia and Iran sympathizes with Syria and also condemns the US attacks on the Syrian airfield. The Russian Government has released a statement that says that the actions of US will impose major damage on US-Russia relations.

The Syrian rebels, on the other hand, praised the US for its actions. The National Coalition stated that the actions of the United States put an end to injustice and should just be the beginning of the further assault on the Syrian forces.

Pentagon said that Russia has been notified early on, prior to the attack on the airbase. However, the US secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that “US sought no approval from Moscow”.

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