President Donald Trump has ordered military action against the Assad regime in Syria in response to the horrific chemical attack by Khan Sheikun, believed to have been carried out by government forces.
About 50 to 60 Tomahawk rockets were fired at an air base in Homs where the jets believed to have carried out the attack were believed to be with sarin gas. According to Reuters, Syrian state television said: “American aggression targets Syrian military targets with a number of missiles.”
The rocket attack was not announced earlier, but a strong letter was released from the administration all day.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters earlier that there was “no role” for Bashar al-Assad in ruling Syria.
Tillson said the chemical attack “violates all previous UN resolutions and violates international rules and long-standing agreements between the parties, including the Syrian regime, the Russian government and all members of the UN Security Council.
“We feel the strike itself is proportionate,” Tillerson said after the measure.Trump said in the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he is currently holding a two-day summit with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, that the strike was in the “vital national security interest” of the United States.
“The years of previous attempts to change Assad’s behavior have failed and have failed so dramatically,” the president said.”As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen, and the region continues to destabilize and threaten the United States and its allies.”
“Tonight I call on all civilized countries to put an end to the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria,” he said.Moscow was informed before the missile attack on Sherat airport, Reuters reported.
“Before the raid, Russian forces were told to use the disintegration line in place,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said. US military planners took precautions to reduce risks to Russian or Syrian staff at the airport.
“We are evaluating the results of the strike, and preliminary indications indicate that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and supported the infrastructure and equipment at the airport, which reduced the ability of the Syrian government to deliver chemical weapons.”The use of chemical weapons against innocent people will not be tolerated.”
Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement praising the move, saying the US military “sent an important message that the United States would not stand idly by after Assad, with the help and incitement of Russia in Russia, killed the innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and explosive barrels.””Contrary to the previous administration, President Trump faced a pivotal moment in Syria and took action, so it deserves the support of the American people,” he said.