April 7, 2017 / 3:59 AM / 4 months ago

U.S. defense official calls U.S. strike on Syria a 'one-off'

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile in Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. Robert S. Price/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. cruise missile strike against Syria on Thursday was a "one-off," meaning that it was expected to be a single strike with no current plans for escalation, a U.S. defense official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters he believed that the strike did not signal a major shift in U.S. President Donald Trump's focus on domestic affairs.

Reporting By John Walcott; Writing By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Michael Perry

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