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US President Trump retaliated for the gruesome poison gas attack at Khan Shaykhun against Syria by ordering the Pentagon to launch dozens of cruise missiles against an airfield in central Syria. Trump stated, “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.”
Two US Navy destroyers patrolling in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, fired roughly 60 Tomahawk missiles, well out of range of Syrian air defenses. A Tomahawk missile carries an approximate load of 1,000 lbs, and cruises at a speed of 550 mph. Only the Shayrat military airfield was targeted, since it was used as the launch point of the Tuesday lethal gas attack in Idlib Province.
The strike was designed so that minimum casualty was caused and the Russian military operating at Shayrat was warned ahead of time, so that they could easily avoid the missiles. A statement added that US has no plans for additional strikes now, however this depends on the action of Syria’s government.
This airstrike was more like a warning to Syria, as anyone can understand, since it minimized casualties and most of the damages caused was temporary. It’s your move Syria, I wish you destroy all your chemical weapons for the safety of your own citizens.