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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tomahawk cruise missile explained

The U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield early Friday April 07,2017 in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began nearly six years ago.
The operation, which the Trump administration authorized in retaliation for a chemical attack killing scores of civilians this week, dramatically expands U.S. military involvement in Syria and exposes the United States to heightened risk of direct confrontation with Russia and Iran, both backing Assad in his attempt to crush his opposition.

The Tomahawk cruise missile is named after a light axe used as a tool/weapon by American Indians. 

On April, 7, 2017, the US military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from two destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean, targeting the Shayrat Airfield in Syria on April 7.

 What’s unique about the missile is that they travel relatively low to the ground and are guided by an advanced navigation system, which means the US could target the airbase in Syria from afar. 

Here’s a look at what the Tomahawk is designed to do and how it was used against Syria.

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