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US fires cruise missiles on Syria


The US has launched an attack on Syrian regime targets in retaliation to the recent deadly chemical attack. Several Syrian soldiers were killed. DW brings you the latest reactions from around the world.

American destroyers in the Mediterranean fired almost 60 Tomahawk missiles at the Sharayat airfield in Holmes, used as the base for Syrian jets allegedly involved in the chemical weapons strike.
The US said the strike were a retaliation for the Tuesday attack, which the West has blamed on the Assad regime.
President Donald Trump said that the move was in "vital national security interest of the United States," marking a major policy reversal for his administration.


All updates in UTC:
05:17 Saudi Arabia backed the US strike, saying it was a "courageous decision" by President Donald Trump.
05:11 The missile strike raises doubts about Russia's coalition with the US on Syria, said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foriegn affairs committee in the Russian parliament.
05:07 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government "strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States."
05:04 At least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the US strike and the base was "almost completely destroyed," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
04:59 President Trump said Assad "choked out the lives" of men, women, and children.
"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria," he added.

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President Trump full remarks on US airstrike on Syria
04:57 Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan backed the US military action as "appropriate and just" adding that President Bashar al-Assad "must be held accountable."
04:55 The US Department of Defense released footage of the missile strike online:

U.S. Dept of Defense ✔ @DeptofDefense
Here's video from the #Tomahawk launches against #Syria. For more on the story, visit .
6:39 AM - 7 Apr 2017
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04:53 The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition group welcomed the strike on the Syrian airbase
04:49 The Pentagon did not know if there were Russian troops at the Syrian airbase, but they have done "all they could" to avoid harming them, US military spokesman told Interfax
04:44 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he "fully supports" President Trump's decision
04:37 Moscow will call for a an urgent Security Council meeting over the attack, according to a senior Russian MP
04:30 The US missile strike caused deaths at the Syrian base, Homs governor told the AP news agency.









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