The Syrians were likely tipped off about the upcoming attack by the Russians. It has been confirmed that Trump warned the Russians of the attack prior to commencing it.

More and more, the missile strike against the airbase is appearing to be more of a public relations exercise rather than anything resembling a substantive shift in Syria policy.

The attack on the deserted airbase has not changed anything for civilians in fear for their lives. (The Intellectualist)

Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday night’s raid on Syria‘s Shayrat air base, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness.

Dozens of Tomahawk missiles struck the air base near Homs, damaging runways, towers and traffic control buildings, a local resident and human rights activist living near the air base told ABC News via an interpreter.

U.S. officials believe the plane that dropped chemical weapons on civilians in Idlib Province on Tuesday, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed 86 people, took off from the same air base.

The attack lasted approximately 35 minutes and its impact was felt across the city, shaking houses and sending those inside them fleeing from their windows. Firefighters responded shortly after the attack was over.

By Friday, shops were closed, traffic was flowing normally, and regime forces were back in the air base to assess the damage.