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On the orders of President Donald Trump, nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by the U.S. Navy against a Syrian air base at dawn local time last Friday. It’s the first large-scale military operation launched by Trump since he took office in early January.

The Trump Admin. alleged heavy damage on the Shayrat Air Base and caused multiple casualties, according to Al Masar News, which backs the Syrian government.

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It could cost about $60 million to replace the cruise missiles that the U.S. military rained on Syrian targets Thursday night.

Each Tomahawk missile, made by Raytheon Co. (RTN+1.47%) likely cost $1 million, according to experts.

The U.S. used 59 of them on a Syrian air base in response to the alleged Syrian government’s chemical-weapons attack that killed scores of civilians earlier this week.

Raytheon referred questions around costs to the U.S. Navy’s U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program weapons program, which did not immediately return a request for comment.

The missiles used on Thursday likely cost the U.S. military around $1 million, but the latest versions of the missile that would replace those could be more costly, depending on size of the order and other factors, said Dr. Loren B. Thompson, a consultant and chief operating officer of nonprofit Lexington Institute.

– Photo: A missile is fired early April 7 from a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea

Foreign leaders and top politicians are responding to the U.S. airstrike against Syria on Friday morning, with Iran and Russia quickly condemning the attack, but other regional players giving their full support.

– Early on Friday, the U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base on the orders of President Donald Trump.

Trump said the military operation was a response to a alleged “barbaric” chemical weapons attack in Syria that left scores of civilians dead earlier this week, and that the missile strike was of “vital national security” interest to the U.S.

Syria lashed back at the U.S., with the office of President Bashar al-Assad calling the attack, “reckless” and “irresponsible,” according to media reports.

* Comment: Seems odd to spend millions and risk war to destroy an abandoned air base. Not one vehicle or aircraft in sight. –  emilgotfried


Here are some of the other reactions from around the world.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: Ryan echoed Trump’s message, saying the actions were “appropriate and just.”

“Earlier this week the Assad regime murdered dozens of innocent men, women, and children in a barbaric chemical weapons attack. Tonight the United States responded,” he said.

“These tactical strikes made clear that the Assad regime can no longer count on American inaction as it carries out atrocities against the Syrian people.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, condemned the U.S. airstrike, accusing Washington of using it as a distraction from the “numerous” civilian casualties in Iraq.

Putin “regards the U.S. airstrikes on Syria as an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext,” a statement from his office said.

“This move by Washington [the U.S. airstrike on an air base in Syria] has dealt a serious blow to Russian-U.S. relations, which are already in a poor state. Most importantly, this move will not bring us closer to the ultimate goal of combating international terrorism,” the statement said.

Iran: Iran, another Syria ally, also denounced the attack, with a foreign ministry spokesman calling them “destructive and dangerous,” according to media reports.

“Iran strongly condemns any such unilateral strikes … Such measures will strengthen terrorists in Syria … and will complicate the situation in Syria and the region,” spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said.

Turkey: Turkey sided with the U.S., with its foreign ministry condemning what it called “crimes against humanity and war crimes” committed by the Assad regime.

“Turkey will fully support the steps that will be taken to ensure accountability and to prevent impunity in case of such crimes,” the ministry said in a written statement.

“As a country hosting three million Syrians, Turkey will continue its cooperation with the international community to prevent the regime’s continued practices of terror and mass punishment directed at its own people and to pave the way for the advancement of a political solution in Syria.”

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia also commended what it called the “courageous decision” taken by Trump to launch the missile attack.

State news agency SPA said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “strong support for the military operations carried out against military targets in Syria, which came in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against innocent civilians that caused the deaths of scores of people.”

Meanwhile –

Syrian jets take off from air base US missiles struck

– This satellite image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a damage assessment image of Shayrat air base in Syria, following U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strikes on Friday, April 7, 2017 from the USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

The British-based Observatory, a group monitoring the Syrian war using sources on the ground, said eight people had been killed in the U.S. attack.

The extent of the damage to the Shayrat air base was not entirely clear, but the Syrian warplanes had “done the impossible” in order to continue using it for sorties, the Observatory told Reuters.







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