*(Via Hufington Post) – The U.S. military launched its first direct attack at the Syrian government on Thursday, marking an escalation of American involvement in the country’s six-year civil war.
After two days of deliberation, President Donald Trump authorized the military to launch approximately 50 cruise missiles at Shayrat Air Base in Syria, The Washington Post reported Thursday night. The move was conducted in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, allegedly carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. The chemical weapon attack killed at least 70 people, a U.S. official told Reuters.
“Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,” Trump said Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
Trump said the attack was in the “national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” He called on “civilized nations” to join in seeking to “end the slaughter and bloodshed” in Syria.
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