Trump Draws the Line in Syria

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The United States launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base early Friday morning, local time, in response to this week’s deadly chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. The strike marked U.S. forces’ first direct assault on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime since the country’s devastating civil war began six years ago.

The 59 Tomahawk missiles fired targeted the Shayrat air base, where it is believed the planes that conducted the chemical attack killing more than 80 people, including civilians, originated. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” U.S. President Donald Trump said.

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