“If the U.S. response stops at this point, then we should expect a brutal retaliation from the Assad regime on (opposition-held) areas, and more innocent civilians will be killed,” Nahhas said. “The message delivered by these strikes must be reinforced with political pressure on the regime allies.”
According to U.S. officials 59 Tomahawk missiles launched from two Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean sea successfully struck numerous targets at the Shayrat airbase including a runway, multiple aircraft and fuel pumps.
The airstrike, which reportedly took the lives of several Syrian military members, was in response to a chemical weapons attack Tuesday in the Idlib province that resulted in at least 85 deaths.
President Donald Trump asserted in a statement late Thursday that he had no doubt that the Syrian government was responsible for the Sarin gas attack and that it originated from Shayrat.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council,” Trump said.
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