The world has just learned that the United States has launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian airfield. This response comes after the chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians earlier this week.
It appears that about 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeting a government-controlled air base in Syria.
According to Fox News:
“The military plans called for 43 Tomahawks to be fired from the USS Porter and USS Ross. The two Destroyers in the Med can carry 70 Tomahawks altogether.
US defense officials tell Fox the two warships have been training for the past two days to execute this mission.
“Our forward deployed ships give us the capability to quickly respond to threats… these strikes in Syria are a perfect example – this is why we’re there,” said a Navy official.”
It has been reported that these missiles have destroyed parts of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military infrastructure. It has also been discovered that there was one primary airbase that was targeted in Shayrat, located outside Homs, a U.S. official told Fox News.
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Sen. Marco Rubio praised the strikes during an interview with CNN.
“I think it was an important step,” he said. “This was not some symbolic measure.”
Of course, the news of the U.S. response spread quickly on social media and the reactions are mixed. While some people are pleased with President Trump’s swift actions there are others that feel we should not be involved with this at all.
At this point, I am not sure what the answer is, but I pray for a quick resolution. This is a developing story so please stay tuned for constant updates.
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