U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase, escalating tensions with Russia

April 7, 2017 7:23 AM

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PALM BEACH, Fla./MOSCOW The United States on Friday fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched this week, an escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria that immediately raised tension with Russia.

Just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had ordered the attack, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strike had seriously damaged ties between Washington and Moscow.

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