#Flashback // BBC News – Published on 7 Apr 2017
Syria war: US launches missile strikes in response to ‘chemical attack’ – BBC News – 7 April 2017 // – The US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town.
Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two US Navy ships in the Mediterranean. At least six people are reported to have been killed.
It is the first direct US military action against forces commanded by Syria’s president.
The Kremlin, which backs Bashar al-Assad, has condemned the strike.
It comes just days after dozens of civilians, including many children, died in the suspected nerve gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.
Israel Bombs Syrian Air Base; 60 Killed in Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma | Democracy Now! – The Israeli bombing came after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attack on Saturday, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. He wrote, “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.” He went on to warn there would be a “Big price…to pay.”