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    US Launches First Direct Assault on Assad Forces in Syria

    He’s entered the fray. President Donald Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, killing six people, and called on other nations to join the U.S. in “seeking to end this slaughter.” Trump’s views on the six-year conflict shifted suddenly after President Bashar Assad’s forces deployed suspected chemical weapons on a rebel-held village on Tuesday. Russia condemned Trump’s strike as an “act of aggression,” while the White House maintained that military force was necessary to restrict the use of chemical weapons.

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