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What's really behind America's rush to war in Syria

A strong message of praise for President Donald Trump from a member of the Syrian community of Houston after the President fired a barrage of missiles into an airbase in Syria.

Calling the strike a "flagrant aggression", the Syrian army said it had killed six people and caused extensive damage to the base.

Al-Masdar News reported that the missiles mostly focused on the airfields, fuel tankers and aircraft hangars.

"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".

The missile attack is a "pretext for unilateral action, dangerous, destructive and violation of peremptory principles of worldwide laws", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

The strike followed days of outrage at images of dead children and victims suffering convulsions from the suspected sarin gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

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The strike launched off US Navy ships was in retaliation to the Syrian governments chemical weapon attack.

"I stress, once again, that the Syrian Arab Army did not and will not use such weapons even against the terrorists who are targeting our people", Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told reporters in Damascus on Thursday.

Other rebel groups welcomed the USA strike and called for continued military action against the regime. Syria has denied using chemical weapons, while the United Nations has said it will investigate the bombing as a possible war crime.

Top European Union officials are supporting the U.S. missile strikes on military targets in Syria as a means of deterring further chemical weapons attacks by Damascus.

The base was the second most important for Syria's air force, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, after the Latakia air base in Assad's coastal heartland where Russian Federation also maintains extensive facilities.

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