The U.S. has launched a devastating missile strike against a Syrian military field in response to allegations the Syrian regime launched a chemical weapons attack.
NBC News is reporting Thursday evening that the U.S. military has launched a missile strike against the al-Shayrat military airfield, with CNN also confirming that 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were used in the attack.
This attack comes after the secretary of State Rex Tillerson announcement on Thursday that steps are “underway” to organize an “international community effort” to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, a major policy shift triggered by the latest chemical weapons attack in the country’s ongoing civil war.
“With the acts that he has taken, it would seem that there would be no rule for him to govern the Syrian people,” Tillerson told reporters. “The process by which Assad would leave is something that I think requires and international community effort, both to first defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country to avoid further civil war, and then to work collectively with our partners around the world through a political process that would lead to Assad leaving.”
Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired the Tomahawk missiles. It’s unclear whether there were any casualties, but officials told NBC News that no personnel were targeted. Rather, the missiles were aimed at aircraft and infrastructure.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis had informed Trump of possible military options Thursday evening.
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