The US Launched Air Strikes Against Syria To Punish It For Using Chemical Weapons
Thursday's military action came after a whirlwind week in which the US's policy towards Syria changed several times.
The US military launched strikes inside Syria Thursday in retaliation for the regime’s suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this week, marking the first US strikes targeting the Syrian government since its civil war erupted six years ago.
A defense official told reporters Thursday evening that more than 50 Tomahawk missiles were launched targeting Al-Shayrat air base in Homs, using two US Navy destroyers. The strikes, taken against the base where the chemical attack was launched, appeared to be largely symbolic in nature.
The US military has yet to say whether the initial strikes were part of a sustained campaign or an isolated attack. But US officials had signaled they hoped to launch a strike campaign that made clear that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable but stopped short of further escalation.
Trump, who once vowed to not get involved in Syria’s civil war, ordered the strikes just 77 days into his term.