Here's how much U.S. missile attack in Syria cost

Cheryl Sanders
April 10, 2017

The Kremlin's rhetorical cease-fire is officially over.

Soon after the attack, US President Donald Trump made a televised address.

In September 2014, US ships launched 47 Tomahawk missiles during the first night of strikes against Daesh in Syria.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster suggested the USA picked its target for Thursday's missile strikes specifically "because we could trace this murderous attack back to that facility".

"We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary", she told the UN Security Council.

According to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the strike was done in retaliation of Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons attack that killed 80 people on Monday.

Tillerson said the strike took out about 20 percent of the seventh wing of the Syrian air force and hit a fueling facility.

Trudeau said that prior to the strikes taking place, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis called Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who then briefed the prime minister.


Syria has been the key to the Kremlin's relations with the United States since 2015, when Russian Federation intervened militarily to back Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's bloody civil war.

The FSO said the U.S.'s responsibility remains great and does not end with the military operation.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose expressed support for the airstrikes in a statement that also suggested the Liberal government had been left out of the loop while the US was planning its action.

By late afternoon on Thursday, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff met at the Pentagon to finalise the plan for the military strikes as Mr Trump headed to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The government refers to all those fighting against it as terrorists.

A Kremlin spokesman described the strikes as an "aggression against a sovereign government in violation of the norms of worldwide law, and under a far-fetched pretext", warning that the step would cause "significant damage to Russian-American relations". Before those contacts, the last meeting on that level had taken place before Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. They probably warned the Syrians the attack was coming.

Some lawmakers say Mr Trump did not need permission for such limited military action.

On Wednesday morning, military advisers said they knew which Syrian air base was used to launch the chemical attack and that they had tracked the Sukhoi-22 jet that carried it out. A warehouse, a training facility, a mess hall, six MiG-23s under fix and a radar station were destroyed in the attack, according to Konashenkov, but the airstrip and parked jets were not damaged.

Konashenkov said he "hoped" there had been no coordination between the US and fighters from ISIS and the Nusra Front, who he said launched attacks on Syrian positions after the USA missile strike.


Russia, with the backing of China, has consistently blocked anti-Assad resolutions brought by the UN Security Council.

The change in tone has also been noticeable in Russia's foreign ministry, where Tillerson's upcoming visit had been seen as a first step in getting relations back on track.

Tillerson, who headed Exxon Mobil's operations in Russian Federation before becoming its CEO, received a medal from Putin in 2012.

But he said Turkey could not "remain silent" on the Syrian government's chemical weapons use, and insisted Moscow work with Ankara to establish a transitional government in Damascus.

"Possibly some people have held on to their illusion about the new American secretary of state", the Rossiiskaya Gazeta commentary said.

Trump has frequently urged improved relations with Russian Federation, strained under Obama over Syria, Ukraine and other issues, but in launching the attacks on Thursday night he said action had to be taken against Assad.

Russian Federation and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls on Sunday, saying last week's us missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.


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