U.S. President Donald Trump says he ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from which a deadly chemical attack was launched and added there could be no dispute that Syria had used banned chemical weapons.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING (ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S President Donald Trump said on Thursday (April 6) he ordered a targeted military strike against an airfield in Syria from which a deadly chemical attack was launched this week. U.S. officials said the military launched dozens of cruise missile strikes against an airbase controlled by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to the chemical attack on Tuesday (April 4) in a rebel-held area. Facing his biggest foreign policy crisis since taking office in January, Trump took the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria's six-year-old civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad's two main military backers. Some 50 Tomahawk missiles were launched from U.S. Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on an airbase in Homs, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.