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U.S. fires missiles on Syria air base, draws flak from Russia

Apr 07, 2017, 6:28 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet/flickr)

In a radical policy shift prompted by a deadly chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province two days ago, the U.S. fired about 60 missiles on a Syrian airbase on Thursday, an action that Russia criticized as a violation of international law. A Syrian army spokesperson admitted that the aerial offensive, launched from two U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean, killed six people, injured several others and caused significant damage.

The strikes mark America’s first, direct assault against the forces commanded by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally of Russia, writes the BBC. Angered by “American aggression” against a sovereign state, Russia said it was scrapping a deal with Washington, designed to prevent clashes between their forces.

While Israel welcomed Trump’s “strong and clear” message against the use of chemical weapons, Iran, an Assad backer, denounced America’s unilateral action that flouted international laws, notes Reuters.

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