- The Washington Times
Monday, April 10, 2017

President Trump personally thanked the officers and crew of the USS Porter and USS Ross, the two American warships that bombed the Syrian airfield allegedly housing portions of the country’s chemical weapon stockpiles, for last week’s successful strike.

In a Sunday call to Cmdrs. Andria Slough and Russell Caldwell, the skippers of the USS Porter and Ross, respectively, Mr. Trump praises the “speed, precision and effectiveness” in which the sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers carried out their mission, a White House readout of Sunday’s call said.

Mr. Trump “could not be more proud of [their] crews… and their flawless execution of the operation,” according to the White House.

The U.S. warships fired launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles early Friday morning into the Alawite-dominated region of western Syria, in response to the chemical strike.

The strikes were centered on the al Shayrat airfield near the western Syrian city of Homs, which U.S. intelligence officials believe the chemical strikes were launched from. The airfield was roughly 100 miles south of Latakia, Russia’s main military hub in the country.

The strike was in retaliation for a chemical strike, launched by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, against the rebel stronghold of Idlib province and that left over 70 dead, including 11 children.

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