Over the past week, the United States and an American-led coalition have been launching cruise strikes in Syria against the Islamic State. 59 cruise missiles were fired against Al Shayrat early Friday morning in Syria by the United States, while the American-led coalition carried out seven airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. The Tuesday prior to this, the American-led coalition carried out twice as much against Islamic State targets, but with a slightly broader array of targets. Since these incidents, the American-led coalition has decided to reduce the amount of airstrikes out of fear of a retaliation, either from Syria or from Russia. Many feel that reducing the amount will lower the chance of retaliation from either country, with Russia already threatening to suspend their communication line with the Americans on air operations in Syria.