America has launched airstrikes against a Syrian air base. The US military fired more than 50 Tomahawk missiles at the al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs at 8.45pm (EDT) on Thursday. Officials confirm that no fixed wing aircraft were involved.
The move comes just hours after President Trump denounced this week's horrific chemical weapons attack as an 'egregious crime', saying 'it shouldn't have happened. And it shouldn't be allowed to happen.'
President Trump has now spoken about why he ordered the attack in a statement from his Mar-a-Lago estate where he is currently entertaining the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng as part of a two day summit.
Trump said that he felt moved to act after Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched the 'horrible chemical weapons attack' on innocent civilians. 'Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,' he said. 'It was a slow and brutal death for so many.'
Trump said that it was 'vital' to the national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.