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US launches cruise missiles on Syrian airbase

The United States on Friday fired dozens of cruise missiles

at a government-controlled airbase in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town that killed scores of civilians. The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield, targeting the base from where US officials believe Tuesday's attack in Khan Sheikhoun had been launched. At least six people were killed in the massive early morning strike, according to the Syrian army, which denounced the US "aggression" as a violation of international law. In a statement carried by the state-run SANA news agency and read on television, the military said the US strikes were done on a "pretext" of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, without the full facts being disclosed. It also said the attack, which caused extensive to the base, made the US a partner of "terrorist groups". It was the first direct military action the US has taken against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the the country's long-running conflict, now in its seventh year.