Trump Strikes Syrian Base in Wake of Chemical Attack

Analysis and commentary about Donald Trump’s first direct military action against Bashar al-Assad.

The American guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens fires a missile at an airborne drone during a live fire weapons shoot in the Pacific Ocean, September 20, 2012
The American guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens fires a missile at an airborne drone during a live fire weapons shoot in the Pacific Ocean, September 20, 2012 (USN/Paul Kelly)
  • American cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base near Homs early on Friday from which the United States said a chemical attack had been launched earlier in the week.
  • It was the first direct American military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in six years.
  • President Donald Trump announced the attack from his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, where he was meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
  • The Syrian army said six of its people were killed in the attack.
  • Russia, Assad’s ally, condemned the strike as an act of aggression.

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