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The latest on U.S. airstrikes in Syria

Alex Brandon / AP

President Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian military airfield on Thursday night in response to the Syrian regime's deadly chemical weapons attack on Tuesday, which killed 70 and wounded hundreds more. Follow along for live updates:

Latest on the attack

  • The U.S. is investigating whether Russia was involved in the chemical weapons attack, military officials told AP.
  • A drone, belonging to either Russia or Syria, was seen flying around the site of the chemical weapons attack on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. notified both Russia and Syria about the airstrikes hours before they launched.
  • Syrian warplanes took off from the airbase that was struck in last night's missile strike, carrying out their own retaliation strikes in Homs, Reuters reported.
  • Number of casualties (as of 9:36 am ET): Syrian officials said at least 16 were killed on the Syrian air base. Another 9 people, all civilians, died when three missiles struck two towns near the air base
  • Number and type of missiles fired: 50 to 60 Tomahawk missiles were launched between 8:30 and 9 pm ET from two destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea.