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US attacks Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk missiles

 

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By Hakimuddin Kholiya

Last Updated: 14:30 IST, 07 Apr

07 Apr 2017: On Thursday evening, the US military attacked Syrian Government airfields by launching 59 Tomahawk missiles. The attack is executed in a response to a chemical attack happened in Idlib which claimed lives of 100 civilians.

After an official announcement made by President Trump on Thursday, the Al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs has been targeted which is located in the west of the Syria. While announcing the strike officially, President Trump said that the targeted airfield 'Al-Shayrat' had carried the chemical attack in Idlib.

During the announcement, President Trump stated: "It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons". "Tonight I call on all civilised nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types" he added.

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson targeted Russia as he said "They would act as the guarantor that these weapons would no longer be present in Syria. Clearly, Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on that commitment from 2013, Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement".

Captain Jeff Davis, the spokeman for Pentagon addressed the act, as he said "This was a place that prior to 2013 was one of their main chemical weapons storage sites. A lot of those sites were dismantled at the time as they were seeking to comply, but they obviously began using them again for that purpose. The things that were targeted were not where we assessed chemical weapons were. The places we targeted were the things that made the airfield operate. It’s the petroleum facilities, it’s the aircraft radar, what they use for takeoff and landing, as well as air-defence radar. It’s the sites that are specific to making it operate, as well as hangars and aircraft themselves".

 

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