Trump Strikes Back
A barrage of U.S. cruise missiles targeting a Syrian airfield marks a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.
Trump Strikes Back at Syria for Chemical Attack
For the first time since Syria’s complicated civil war began in 2011, the U.S. has deliberately targeted President Bashar Assad’s forces with military action. Two Navy destroyers fired dozens of cruise missiles at an airfield from where a gruesome poison gas attack is thought to have been launched. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons,” President Trump said. That marked an abrupt reversal of his previous hands-off stance toward Assad, and raised the specter of what comes next in a conflict where Russian and Iranian forces are also involved. In response, Russian and Iran officials condemned the U.S. attack.