U.S. President Donald Trump orders a missile strike against a Syrian airfield, from which he says a deadly chemical weapon attack was launched. Trump declares he acted in America's ''vital national security interest'' against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ryan Brooks reports
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Tonight I ordered a targeted military military strike on the airfield in Syria from where a chemical attack was launched." The toughest direct U.S. action yet in Syria's six-year-old civil war America unleashing military strikes on a Syrian airbase late Thursday (April 6). Officials saying warships fired around 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea targeting Syrian aircraft, an airstrip and fuel stations near Homs, a response to this week's deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 people (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned weapons under the UN weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. security council." The US strike comes one day after Trump pointed the finger at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attack, which the Syrian government denies launching. U.S. military action sets Donald Trump at odds with Russia. Moscow has air and ground forces deployed in Syria after intervining on behalf of Assad two years ago to push back Sunni Muslim rebels. Until now Trump's almost exclusively focused his Syria policy on beating Islamic State militants in the country's north... Where American special forces have supported supporting Arab and Kurdish armed groups. It also marks a step President Barack Obama never took. In 2013 he considered, then rejected, a cruise missile strike also in response to use of chemical weapons by Assad loyalists.