- US President Donald Trump has ordered a military strike on Syria
- The order came after the deadly chemical attack that killed more than 70 innocent Syrians, including 11 children
- The Pentagon described the US military strike a proportional response to Syrian government’s heinous act
On orders of President Donald Trump, the United States has launched military strikes against Syria on Thursday following the chemical attack that killed more than 70 people including 11 children.
The US military launched 59 tomahawk missiles targeting Syria’s government airfield Thursday evening. Number of casualties remains undetermined as of press time.
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” said Trump in televised address.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council,” the US president added.
In the same speech, Trump lambasted the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for launching a gas attack on innocent civilians early this week. He said Assad ‘choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children’ by dropping the toxic gas on the rebel-held region.
“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,” Trump said.
The Pentagon also confirmed that the US attack has targeted aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars but took “extraordinary measures” to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.
It added the military raid on the war-torn Middle East country is a proportional response to Assad’s heinous act.
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Article originally posted: April 7, 2017, 10:35 am (UTC-0). Last update: April 7, 2017 at 10:35 am (UTC-0).