United States strike killed 4, almost destroyed Syria base: monitor

The U.S. military has launched 59 missiles into Syria, an official has reportedly confirmed to NBC.

President Donald Trump has said the USA military has carried out a cruise missile attack on an airbase from which Syrian government planes staged a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town.

On Thursday, the United States military launched a total of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

An opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, praised the USA missile strike, saying it puts an end to an age of "impunity" and should be just the beginning.

"On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a awful chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".

He said the attack was a form of "support for the armed terrorist groups, and it is an attempt to weaken the capabilities of the Syrian Arab Army to combat terrorism".

The state TV called the attack an "American aggression".

"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", Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said, according to Reuters.

US President Donald Trump said he ordered missile strikes against the airfield from which a deadly chemical attack was launched this week, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

USA officials called the airstrike a "one-off" and said there are no plans for escalation.

Russia's Defense Ministry also said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel arsenal outside Khan Sheikhoun.

Hours after launching the strike, Trump called on all "civilised nations" to stop the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.

  • Leroy Wright