DEVELOPING – The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s bloody civil war in 2011.

The Tomahawk missile strikes destroyed portions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military infrastructure. A U.S. official told Fox News has learned that the primary target was an airbase at Shayrat, located outside Homs.

At least 50 U.S. Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that American officials believe Syrian government aircraft launched with a nerve agent, possibly sarin.

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Official statement on attack:

Video of the Tomahawks being fired: