U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles at Syrian Regime Air Base in Response to Chemical Attack
Strikes represent first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad
WASHINGTON—The U.S. military launched a series of strikes against a Syrian air base Friday, a response to mounting calls for a display of force in the wake of this week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
The strikes represented the first time a U.S. military operation deliberately targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and came a day after President Donald Trump said the chemical attack in Idlib province earlier this week, blamed on Syrian forces, had changed his thinking on Mr. Assad.
The U.S. strikes came as Mr. Trump was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at his resort in Mar-a-lago, Fla., and hours before the start of a full day of meetings on Friday focusing on economics, trade and security issues including North Korea’s nuclear program.