A chemical weapons attack that killed over 100 Syrian civilians, both adult and children was the reason Donald Trump said that he ordered numerous Tomahawk missiles to be fired today. Although warned against it by the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, nearly 60 missiles were fired from the USS Ross and USS Porter in the early-morning hours into the Central Syrian Shayrat airfield. These missiles targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum, and logistic storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars U.S. Department of Defense officials said.
The Shayrat airfield is controlled by the Syrian government and where the United States says the Syrian Military planes used in the chemical attack took off from. The U.S. missile attack ordered by President Trump, took place at 5:40 PST on Thursday, April 6, 2017, which is 4:40 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Syria. The missile attack was deemed efficient, causing major damage to aircraft and to support infrastructure and equipment at the Airfield reducing their ability to deliver chemical weapons officials said.
The United Nations said that they will be investigating the chemical attack that used weapons which have been banned by the United Nations under the chemical weapons convention killing causing a painful death to innocent men, women, and children. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” said President Donald Trump in a Press Conference. “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.”
There is no information available regarding any deaths or injuries caused by the missile attack at this time. On Twitter Tweets, although most are appalled by the actions of Syrian government, some are asking how the U.S. can justify its actions when the same administration has fought to turn away those seeking refuge. Some Americans agreed with the Executive Order labeled as being to “Protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”, while a Federal judge in Washington put a stop to the enforcement shortly after. While some are opposed to the actions taken by the U.S., others remind that the missile attack was not random and did not target innocent people.
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) April 7, 2017
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 7, 2017
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