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US Launches Missile Attack on Syria

Retaliation for a deadly chemical weapon attack launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week.

by Gabrielle Bluestone
07 April 2017, 1:00am

Lede image by Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

The United States launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria Thursday night, according to multiple reports. The strikes were in retaliation for a deadly chemical weapon attack, launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week, that left 80 civilians dead.

Initial reports put the number of U.S. missiles fire from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea between 50 and 60. The strike was focused on a Syrian airfield near Homs and reportedly destroyed a number of airplanes and hit the runway. Officials tell NBC no people were targeted, and it's currently unclear how many casualties resulted, if any. Russia, which has troops on the ground, was reportedly notified before the airstrikes.

Speaking from inside his Mar-a-Lago country club, President Trump called on "civilized nations" to join the United States in "seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria."

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