- 攻撃する（後出は攻撃・集中空爆、 assault は猛攻撃、blast は爆撃する）
- chemical (weapon) attack
- 化学兵器の使用（attack は攻撃。後出 poison gas は毒ガス、nerve agent は神経ガス）
- cruise missile
- in retaliation for ～
- cast ～ as ...
- deter ～
- Florida resort
- choke out the life of ～
- Mediterranean Sea
- close ally
- (be) pulled into ～
- civil war
- disgrace to humanity
- President Xi Jinping
- security dilemma
- nuclear program
- rally behind ～
- deal (→dealt) a significant blow
- veto ～
- Security Council
US strikes Syria over chemical attack
PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) － The United States blasted a Syrian air base with cruise missiles on the night of April 6 in retaliation for an April 4 chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president.
Announcing the assault from his Florida resort, Trump said there was no doubt Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, which he said killed dozens.
"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children," Trump declared.
The U.S. strikes － 59 missiles fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea － hit the Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the nerve agent sarin had taken off.
Trump ordered the strikes without approval from Congress or the backing of the United Nations. Before the strikes, U.S. military officials said they informed Russia, a close ally of Assad, of the attack to avoid any accident involving Russian forces.
The U.S. assault marked a reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U.S. being pulled into the Syrian civil war. But the president appeared moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack, calling it a "disgrace to humanity" that crossed "a lot of lines."
The strike came as Trump was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in meetings focused in part on another pressing U.S. security dilemma: North Korea's nuclear program.
Much of the international community on April 7 rallied behind Trump's decision. But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Russia and the U.S.
On April 12, Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution － drafted by Britain, France and the U.S. － that would have condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and demanded a speedy investigation.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that the draft pre‐judged that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 4 attack.