The United States blasted a Syrian air base with 59 cruise missiles Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s horrific chemical weapons attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children.
It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president.
“Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children,” Trump said in a statement following the attack. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
The president wants the surprise attack to send a strong message to the Syrian government that the United States will not allow it to use banned chemical weapons.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons,” he said. “Numerous previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all found and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.”
President Trump then called on the world to pray for Syria and to ask God for wisdom in dealing with a nation broken by civil war.
“Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syrian and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We asked for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who passed.”
The strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off. The missiles targeted the base’s airstrips, hangars, control tower, and ammunition areas, officials said.
Syrian state TV reported a U.S. missile attack on a number of military targets and called the attack an “aggression.” Many wonder if war could be looming in the future.
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SOURCE: CBN News