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US launches airstrikes against target in Syria


Washington  – The United States has attacked an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles launched from US naval ships in the region.

The Pentagon has confirmed the report to dpa.

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In this photo released by the United States Navy, the USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017. USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations in support of US national security interests in Europe and Africa in the Mediterranean Sea. (Credit Image: © Robert S. Price/CNP via ZUMA Wire) Photo: Robert S. Price via ZUMA Wire/dpa

The airstrike of more than 50 tomahawk missiles comes in response to a chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that killed more than 80 people.

The missiles were launched by two US vessels in the western Mediterranean Sea, the Pentagon said, according to news reports.

The target was an airbase in western Syria that the US says was used by planes that carried the bombs that dropped chemical weapons on Khan Sheikhoun.