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President Trump Orders Missile Attack on Syrian Air Base over Use of Chemical Weapons

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The U.S. fired about 60 Tomahawk  missiles into Syria early today in retaliation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using nerve agents to attack civilians, U.S. Department of Defense said.

The Department said President Donald Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s Idlib province was launched.

The statement by Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis, said the missiles were launched from U.S. Navy ships in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

“At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).

The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and were in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed and injured hundreds of innocent Syrian people, including women and children.

The strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

A total of 59 TLAMs targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.

As always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict. Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to personnel at the airfield.

The strike was a proportional response to Assad’s heinous act. Shayrat Airfield was used to store chemical weapons and Syrian air forces.

The U.S. intelligence community assesses that aircraft from Shayrat conducted the chemical weapons attack on April 4. The strike was intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.

Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.

We are assessing the results of the strike. Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian Government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons.

The use of chemical weapons against innocent people will not be tolerated,” the statement said, adding the attack is in retaliation for the Syrian dictator for using banned chemical agents in the April 4 attack.

Trump, in a statement to the nation on the Syrian gas attack, had described the incident as deplorable.

“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. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.

No one disputes that Syria used banned chemical weapons of the people of Idlib. This is a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Syria also ignored United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.

As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies,” Trump had said.

Trump called on all civilized nations to join the United States in seeking an end to the slaughter in Syria, and to end the threat terrorism posed in the blighted country.

Photo Credit: US Department of Defence

25 Comments

  1. gbaskelebo still evolving

    April 7, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Wahala! e don set! The US finally launches an attack at Syria.

  2. Beard gang

    April 7, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Bold move!

    • Seriously

      April 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Bold move for war mongers. Republicans are about to send us to another war. Bush sent us to two wars, the worst recession since the Great Depression.
      The right wing has been itchy, waiting to bomb the hell out of a country. Confess voted against military strike during Obama’s administration.
      The ultimate goal is to destabilize the Middle East, Syria has been a target for a while now. This is not any form of charity like the media portrays, trying to stop Assad from killing his people.
      There are other options than to send a military strike.
      This is about to get very interesting, Russia/Putin, was supportive of Assad and helping him to fight ISIS, extremists in his country.
      Let’s see how other middle eastern countries will react to this.
      I guess this is the beginning of the prophecy.

    • Thomas Thompson

      April 7, 2017 at 10:07 am

      maybe we should leave grass eating herbivores like you to mediate this situation.

    • Beard gang

      April 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

      You really think putin and assad are fighting isis?! Rebels and dissidents are the ones murdered by these tyrants…and yes trump’s move was bold, america’s greatness is not in america but across the world…somebody has to stand up to bullies and murderers….chemical weapons on children?! And the world should watch with folded arms? I respect america for one thing and that is upholding humanity
      Bush is a temperamental and egotistical war veteran who does not know when to cut losses and move on…I get that 9/11 was bruising but even at that he still mismanaged the situation diplomatically and financially…I bet Bush’s ego still haunts him that he didn’t get bin-laden…that said it doesn’t mean the world should stop doing the right thing…there will be no wars trust me …america’s allies in the middle-east (like turkey and saudi-arabia) have pledged support so it isn’t america’s ‘war’ alone and trust me syria will not respond to that alliance out of fear and incapability maybe except putin steps in and NATO can easily put him in check just like ukraine
      America is a 20trillion dollar economy, a few missiles in syria for a good cause won’t cripple it…so relax

    • What an ass

      April 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

      If you know nothing, do not speak. Bad things happen when good people sit back and do nothing.
      Launching chemical attack on civilians including children is something the world should rise up and put a check to. If only silly leftists like you would take off your shades for 2 seconds. Always looking for an opportunity to hang Trump.

    • Seriously

      April 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Well well, I see I got folks all riled up this morning.
      The U.S been selling the same agenda for years now, acting like the savior to all countries. Why isn’t other middle east countries taking action against Syria? What about when U.S bombs other countries killing innocent children and people? If you want to attack, attack bcos you consider syria enemy, don’t hide under saving the world when your own country is a mess. When this whole thing back fires, y’all remember this….

      Isn’t that the same fear they’ve instilled in Americans, went to two wars to find mass destruction only to find none, destroyed Libya, claimed Gaddaffi was a threat to his people. But the deep truth they saw him as a threat to their currency and the west. Claimed Fidel Castro was a dictation bcos he won’t bow down to West.

      Bottom line, this is all part of an agenda to destabilize the Middle East, Syria is the easiest target right now.
      Assad, denied he used chemical weapon on the children. Russia denied it. The truth will eventually come out.

    • Beard gang

      April 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Gosh! It takes a military might to stop assad especially as he is aided by putin…
      You honestly think this is about economy (currency devaluation)?! Did you watch the news? A man lost 26 members of his family in one day because of this chemical attack and you think It is propaganda?
      Truth is putin wants chaos in the middle-east so that he can have market for his weapons and possibly have control of their economy (petroleum exports) and also annexe …america is not totally innocent of this but putin has a more sinister agenda
      They found nothing in iraq and libya but at least wicked dictatorships was overthrown

    • Beard gang

      April 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Were ovethrown***

  3. thesageola

    April 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

    When the lion roars…

  4. Kiku

    April 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

    As it should be

  5. Ej

    April 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Oh damn

  6. Sabawale

    April 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

    HAUSA/FULLANIS – Keen 2 hear ur commentary on Did one ??!

  7. Sabawale

    April 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

    HAUSA/FULLANIS – Keen 2 hear ur commentary on Dis one ??!

  8. Lailatu

    April 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I wish he hadn’t.

  9. Tee

    April 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    @seriously, on point. It is not the beginning of prophecy. We’ve been part of it since over a decade. It’s surprising how some people still read news like this and call it political. Anyway, na so them sleep in the time of Noah, living life to the fullest and ignoring all the signs. Bible sef talk am say no be everybody go decipher. Let he who has ears hear and work out his salvation with fear and trembling. Our churches are still concentrating on their church focus and programmes and preaching prosperity. This is the time of ‘waking up’ not acquiring the world and losing your soul. Let the wise be led by the HolySpirit and work on relationship with God and making it to the end. Deportees from all over 11 countries is not a coincidence for this nation, it is significant. It is well o, Trump is symbolic not because we love him but he is the one to fulfil prophecy.

    • Enigma

      April 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Abegi!! Was that not how you guys gave conspiracy theories about Obama being the antichrist?.If you are going to debate the issue,by all means do so,but don’t bring prophecies into it.

  10. Anonymous

    April 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Beard gang – Bush got rid of 2 dictators but destabilized countries/regions which is now a free for all for miscreants, jihadists and criminals. Ask Iraqis and Libyans, which country they prefer, pre war days or what they have now? You sit in the comfort of your home, a luxury that has eluded them since those illegal wars

    • Beard gang

      April 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Ask iraqis why they didn’t stop hussein from invading kuwait and destabilizing them too…the world should have turned a blind eye to annexing?!

    • Anonymous

      April 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      So because Iraq invaded Kuwait, US invaded Iraq, by your analogy, another country should invade US? And it won’t stop till the whole world is at war. You still have not answered me, what do you think the Iraqis and Libyans prefer, pre or post war state of their country? It is easy hailing the US might sitting from the comfort of your home…..

    • Beard gang

      April 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Why should another country invade america? Are they trying to annexe anybody ? Is there a dictatorship? Are terrorist groups being bred there? Etc america had credible reasons for invading iraq and some parts of the middle-east because of the aforementioned questions
      Americans didn’t kill gaddaffi I think his countrymen did …if they were happy with him they wouldn’t have killed him I guess…you speak as if only america had interests in libya, u.k and france were part of the coalition and the aim was eradicating dictatorship period…libya is going through a rehabilitative phase so it is too early to tell if their happy or not

    • Anonymous

      April 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Can I now ask you, has the invasion of Iraq made the world a safer place? When Saddam was there, was terrorists/ISIL holding sway? Even Tony Blair has admitted the invasion was wrong, made the world a less safer place! Over 15 years, Afghanistan is still not sorted. Just adding war to war, yet the world has never been this unsafe

  11. Dunkin donuts

    April 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    IF it WAS their INTENTION the U.S or NATO wud HAV had ASSAD dead BY now IN his BATHROON wearing NOTHING but a Towel!

    This war isn’t about peace – its about casuality, regime changes, ammunition trade.

    The Bussines of War.

    Any Other group of people wants to buy the US empire military assistance.?

  12. Dtruth

    April 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    This should have been done since buy unfortunately Barrack Hussein Obama was a good guy and a muslim and could not act against his ppl but gave great speeches instead. Ppl forget how small a country Russia is even with their nuclear war head. US military experience here and I repeat , no nation in the world can match US military might. Even most of Europe under NATO is protected by the US. This is why Trump the bully and casino con man wants them to pay more. Time to show US might again…..Good one Donald…

    • Seriously

      April 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      @Dtruth
      You are a joke. Congress voted against Obama taking any military strike in Syria which they later settled for air strike instead of ground. The president can’t make such decision on his own. Trump’s action is unconstitutional because he didn’t wait for congress to votes(unless they did it without the public’s knowledge), he just went for it. I guess, since the senate and house are majority Republicans, it’s easy to assume they all agreed.
      Obama is a muslim(only Trump dogmatic followers say dumb shit). So he wasn’t Muslim when he captured Osama bin laden(something the previous adm.promised to do) and killed Gadaffi.
      True leadership is not about being loud, arrogant and spontaneous, it’s about picking which battles to fight.
      Obama is a good guy. Yeah, a better man than Trump.

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