U.S, Launches Precision Strike In Syria
President Trump announced tonight targeted strikes on the Syrian regime in response to last weekend’s chemical attack on Syrian citizens.
Trump said, “I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad.”
Trump said the United Kingdom and France are participating in the attack but did not provide additional details. Trump said, “The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic.”
Trump said the US would sustain the response until Syria stops the use of chemical weapons.
Trump said the purpose of the strikes is to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capabilities but “America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria.”
Late Thursday evening Reuters reported, “A Reuters witness heard a series of loud blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus early on Saturday as the United States announced it had carried out air strikes along with France and Britain.”
NBC News reported on Thursday evening that Syria claims it has downed 13 incoming missiles. NBC News also reported from Moscow that Russian air defense forces appear “not be engaging US missile strikes.”
Syria TV reported late Thursday evening, “Two areas in Damascus targeted so far Barzeh & Republican Guards at Mount Qasyoun. Smoke bellowing. Strikes ongoing.”
The President blamed Iran and Russia for last week’s chemical attack. Trump said, “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?”
Trump said, “Assad’s recent attack and the direct response are the direct results of Russia’s failure to keep that promise (President Putin’s 2013 promise to climate Syria’s chemical weapons).”
Syria TV claims it has downed 13 incoming missiles.
The story is breaking and will be updated.