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US LAUNCH MISSILE STRIKE AGAINST SYRIAN AIR BASE

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2017 (NNN-Agencies) -- US President Donald Trump ordered a massive military strike against Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical attack with a sarin-like nerve agent.

A White House official said 59 precision-guided missiles hit Shayrat

Airfield in Syria, where the United States believes Tuesday's deadly attack was

launched. The official had earlier given the number of missiles involved as 70.

The missiles were blasted from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which

belong to the US Navy's Sixth Fleet and are located in the eastern

Mediterranean. A US official said the missiles targeted aircraft and runways at

the base.

"This site was associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program

and directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack April 4th," the

White House official said.

"We assess with a high degree of confidence that the chemical weapons

attack earlier this week was launched from this site by air assets under the

command of the Assad regime," the official added.

"We also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime

used a chemical nerve agent consistent with sarin in these attacks."

Inhaled or absorbed through the skin, sarin gas kills by crippling the

respiratory center of the central nervous system and paralyzes the muscles

around the lungs. -- NNN-AGENCIES

Source: NAM News Network