- US Navy
The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released video footage showing the damage from the US strikes on Shayrat airfield in Syria.
On Thursday night, US President Donald Trump ordered a strike in an area controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The launch of 59 cruise missiles at dawn local time on Friday was a response to a chemical attack that killed at least 80 people in the northern province of Idlib and the first direct US attack on the Syrian government in six years of civil war.
Russia, which has provided military support for Assad’s government while most Western leaders have condemned his regime, said the attack was “aggression against a foreign state.” Other foreign leaders have praised the action.