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
"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