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Marinefartøyet USS Ross avfyrer en Tomahawk missil fra sin posisjon i Middelhavet i natt. (Foto: Robert S. Price/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Reuters)

USA har i natt skutt minst 50 kryssermissiler mot den syriske flybasen Shayrat.

Angrepet er begrenset. President Trump ser ikke ut til å ha bestemt seg for noe massivt angrep på Assads styrker og installasjoner.

Missilene ble skutt ut fra de to amerikanske marinefartøyene USS Porter og USS Ross som befinner seg i Middelhavet.

– Angrepet mot Syria var nødvendig for vår nasjonale sikkerhet, sa Trump i en uttalelse fra sitt feriested Mar-a-Lago i Florida i natt norsk tid.

President Trump kommenterte rakettangrepet fra Mar-a-Lago i West Palm Beach, Florida. (Foto: Reuters/Carlos Barria)

U.S President Donald Trump said on Thursday he ordered a targeted military strike against an airfield in Syria from which a deadly chemical attack was launched this week.

U.S. officials said the military launched dozens of cruise missile strikes against an airbase controlled by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces in response to the chemical attack on Tuesday in a rebel-held area.

Dette er det første direkte amerikanske angrepet mot det syriske regimet siden borgerkrigen startet for seks år siden.

Facing his biggest foreign policy crisis since taking office in January, Trump took the toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria’s six-year-old civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad’s two main military backers.

Some 50 Tomahawk missiles were launched from U.S. Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, striking multiple targets – including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations – on an airbase in Homs, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Missilene ble skutt ut fra de to amerikanske marinefartøyene USS Porter og USS Ross (bildet), her fotografert under redningsøving i Middelhavet 20. juli i fjor. (Foto: Theron J. Godbold/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Reuters)

Torsdag kveld – timer før luftangrepet – sa Trump at han vurderte å bruke militærmakt mot Syria. Spørsmålet nå er hvordan Russland, som advarte om «negative konsekvenser» like før angrepene, vil reagere.

U.S. military action put the new president at odds with Russia, which has air and ground forces in Syria after intervening there on Assad’s side in 2015 and turning the tide against mostly Sunni Muslim rebel groups.

Speaking just before the strikes were announced, Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, warned of «negative consequences» if the United States went ahead with military action, saying the blame would be “on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise.”

 

Reuters: Trump says he ordered military strikes against Assad airbase in Syria