Last night, President Trump ordered air strikes on a Syrian airbase. The air strike was to serve notice to Syrian President Assad, that the US, and the world, would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.
Here are some of the morning headlines, which are sure to change throughout the day:
Reuters: U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces ‘aggression’
The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war.
In the biggest foreign policy decision of his presidency so far, Trump ordered the step his predecessor Barack Obama never took: directly targeting Assad’s military as punishment for the chemical weapons attack which killed at least 70 people.
New York Times: Trump’s Far-Right Supporters Turn on Him Over Syria Strike
Some of President Trump’s most ardent campaign supporters were among his most vocal opponents on Thursday after he ordered the missile strike against Syria, charging him with breaking his promise to keep the United States out of another conflict in the Middle East.
Prominent writers and bloggers on the far right attacked Mr. Trump. They accused him of turning against his voters by waging an attack that he had for years said would be a terrible idea. They also criticized him for launching the strike without first seeking congressional approval — something he said on Twitter in 2013 would be a “big mistake.”
The Telegraph: ‘Assad bears full responsibility’: how the world reacted to Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria
Donald Trump’s targeted military intervention in Syria has been welcomed in western-friendly capitals as a “just” and “proportionate” response to the use of chemical weapons.
France and Germany issued a joint statement saying that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president “bears full responsibility” for the precision strike which used sea-launched cruise missiles to destroy a Syrian airbase.
Meanwhile Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council welcomed the move and said the EU will “work with the US to end brutality in Syria”.
FoxNews: Initial reports indicate Syrian airbase ‘almost completely destroyed’ after US strike
The Syrian airfield targeted by United States airstrikes early Friday was “almost completely destroyed,” a human rights group in the country said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missile attack damaged over a dozen hangars, a fuel depot and an air defense base. About 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat air base, southeast of Homs, a small installation with two runways.
The air strike had an almost immediate effect upon the world market: