The target of the strikes was a Syrian government-controlled airfield in Homs, Syria.
According to a Statement from the Department of Defense:
“At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria). The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed or injured hundreds of innocent Syrian people, including women and children.”
The U.S. military action is apparently in retaliation to a chemical weapon attack reported this week in Syria, which the U.S. blamed on the Syrian government, though no investigation has been conducted.
The U.S. itself was reported to have killed roughly 1,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria last month alone.
It’s unclear if Russia, which has forces on the ground in Syria, suffered any casualties from the strikes.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) April 7, 2017
Libertarian leaning Senator Rand Paul remarked on Twitter that Trump needs Congressional authorization for these actions.
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017