June 30, 2017: International chemical weapons inspectors confirmed that the nerve agent Sarin was used in April's deadly chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province.
June 26: A late-night White House statement says Bashar al-Assad's government may be prepping for another chemical weapons attack on civilians. There would be a "heavy price" to pay if Syria launched such an attack, warned the statement, which offers no other details. The statement raised the possibility that the U.S. is drawing a "red line" for the Syrian regime.
April 8: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stated that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on the embattled leader.
The United States launched a military attack April 6 on a Syrian government airbase in response to chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens of civilians.
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks, US officials said.
Bana Alabed, a young Syrian refugee who now lives in Turkey, tweeted out her feelings a few hours after the strikes began.
The strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
The spokesman said the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.
Dozens of people, including at least ten children, have been killed and more than 200 injured in a suspected chemical attack in northern Syria, multiple activist groups claim.
Nightmarish accounts continue to filter out of Khan Sheikhoun, the northern Syrian town still reeling from what is feared to be the deadliest chemical attack in the country in years.
Mazin Yusif, 13 years old from Khan Shaykhoun, at the Reyhanli State Hospital. "at 630 in the morning the plane struck. I ran up on our roof and saw that the strike was in front of my grandfathers house. I ran towards his house and found my grandfather slumped over, he looked like he had asphyxiated. I went outside and called for people to help me." He then pauses, sighs and takes a deep breath. "I got dizzy and then fainted in front of my grandfathers garage. I next found myself here in this hospital, naked in a bed."
Casualties are reported to have died from asphyxiation caused by exposure to an unknown gas or chemical agent. The injured are initially treated at a makeshift clinic near the scene and Al-Rahma hospital, among others.