It’s official: missiles have been launched right at a Syrian military airfield in the first direct strike attempt on Bashar al-Assad’s government.
From U.S. Navy vessels off the coast, 59 cruise missiles were launched just a few minutes ago, resulting in the first direct American military assault against the government of President al-Assad since their own civil war began nearly 6 years ago.
In retaliation to the chemical attacks that mutilated and killed dozens of innocent men, women, and children, the operation has drastically expanded the U.S. military involvement in Syria. Not only that, but it exposes the United States to an increased risk of direct confrontation with both Iran and Russia, who are both there backing al-Assad in friendly form to crush his opponents.
These dozens of missiles were launched from a Navy destroyer in the eastern Mediterranean, and are targeting an airbase called Shayrat in Homs province.
The issue? This attack could put many hundreds of American troops at greater risk who are currently in Syria. They are advising that forces who are stationed locally to advance a major assault on Raqqa, a major city, and the Islamic State’s de facto capital.
This attack comes after 48 hours of intense negotiations and talks by the Trump administration while Trump takes a fun stay in Mar-A-Lago.
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