Around 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were let loose after President Donald Trump decided to go after Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad in the first direct attack by the US following the recent gas attack.
Facing his worst foreign policy crisis since taking office, Trump took the toughest US action against Syria thereby raising the risk of war with Russia and Iran, Assad’s two supporters.
The US said they informed Russian forces ahead of the missile attacks. But they said the administration did not seek Moscow’s approval.
On April 6 dozens of missiles of fired from two US warships against a Syrian airfield, aircraft and fuel stations.
Justifying his actions, Trump said he took the step against Assad in US’ vital national security interest. The decision to conduct a US military intervention in Syria marks a turnaround from Trump’s position last year. The President’s decision is a departure from his predecessor Barack Obama’s policy.
Trump’s response to the gas attack came in the backdrop of a list of international problems including from North Korea, China, Iran and Islamic State. The attack may also have been to send a message that Trump may use military force if deemed necessary. The attack may also put hundreds of US troops stationed in Syria in danger.
He said, “Syria had used banned chemical weapons thereby violating its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the the UN Security Council.”
Stocks weakened in Asia and US bourses, indicating Wall Street would open lower on April 8. Prices for oil and gold both rose, and the US Dollar slipped against the Japanese Yen.