Pentagon releases first footage of USA missile strike on Syrian chemical weapons

Cheryl Sanders
April 7, 2017

Some 60 Tomahawk missiles were launched from US Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The Syrian army has not, did not and will not use this kind of weapons - not just against our own people, but even against the terrorists that attack our civilians with their mortar rounds", he said.

He called on "all civilised nations" to help end the conflict in Syria.

Dozens of children were among more than 70 people killed in the chemical attack.

"On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a awful chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent", Trump said in a televised address from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread of chemical weapons.

The governor of Homs province said earlier that the airbase was used to support Syrian army operations against Islamic State.

US officials told NBC News that aircraft and infrastructure at Shayrat Airfield in Homs province were targeted.

Graham later told reporters he doesn't believe Trump needs Congress to authorize the use of military force in Syria. Under Obama, the United States largely pulled back from its support for so-called "moderate" rebels when Russia's military intervention in September 2015 led them to suffer a series of battlefield defeats. All talk of regime change stopped. Instead, Assad agreed to turnover his stockpiles of chemical weapons, a pledge he obviously reneged on in light of Tuesday's use of what experts believe was sarin gas on civilians.

However he did not say air strikes were on the table.

'This step by Washington inflicts considerable damage to US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state, ' Peskov added. "I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity", he said Thursday.

So when the massacre took place in Ghouta, an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital where USA intelligence said some 1,400 were killed by a sarin gas attack, all eyes turned toward Washington.

Syrian state TV said the USA attack was an act of "aggression", according to the Associated Press.

The US action was welcomed by Syrian opposition group the Syrian National Coalition.

Iran denounced the strike, the Students News Agency ISNA quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying. USA officials said he had the right to use force to defend national interests and to protect civilians from atrocities.

Here is a selection of tweets by Trump about U.S. intervention in Syria before becoming president. "If this doesn't do it, if the Syrians don't get the message, then we ramp it up to the next airbase".

The UN Security Council will hold further talks on Friday as it tries to agree a resolution calling for an investigation into the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun.

Washington instead agreed to a last-minute deal with Damascus brokered by Moscow to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons arsenal and ship it to Russian Federation starting in October 2013.

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