The Tomahawk cruise missile gained fame in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 for its ability to strike at enemy targets_ such as specific buildings _ with pinpoint accuracy.

The $1 million missiles, which find targets up to 700 miles away with guidance Earth-orbiting satellites, are capable of traveling up to 500 mph.

The Tomahawk, 18-foot long and 2,650 pounds, can carry conventional 1,000-pound bombs or nuclear weapons. It can be launched from either ship or submarine.

Tomahawks also were used in U.S. airstrikes that helped end the war in Bosnia in 1995. The Clinton administration also launched about two dozen missiles against Iraq in 1993 to retaliate for an assassination attempt against President Bush.