Trump Unleashes Military Strikes: 59 Tomahawk Missiles Hit Syria - Live Feed

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Update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to US missile strikes on Syria - This "will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere"

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As previewed earlier tonight, the United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria on Friday morning in retaliation for this week's alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians by the Assad regime, U.S. officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president. According to NBC, only tomahawks missiles fired, no fixed wing aircraft involved, for now.

As AP notes, the surprise strike marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U.S. getting pulled into the Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year. But the president appeared moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack, calling it a "disgrace to humanity" that crossed "a lot of lines."

The president did not announce the attacks in advance, though he and other national security officials ratcheted up their warnings to the Syrian government throughout the day Thursday. National Security Advisor McMaster, quoted by Reuters, said that Trump was given 3 options for retaliating and told advisors to focus on 2; he added that Trump made the decision on Thursday.

The strike early Friday morning in Syria targeted hangars, planes and fuel tanks at one Syrian military airfield, according to a U.S. official. The U.S. attacked with about 60 Raytheon Co. Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from two Navy destroyers.

59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that American officials believe Syrian government aircraft launched with a nerve agent; hangars, planes and fuel tanks were targeted, a U.S. official sais. Two Navy destroyers launched Raytheon missiles against Syria two days after Bashar al-Assad’s regime used poison gas to kill scores of civilians

NBC adds that a high ranking administration official says foreign countries from Arab states to Canada supported tonight's strikes vs. Syria.

The decision to strike in Syria marks a stark reversal for President Trump, who during his presidential campaign faulted past U.S. leaders for getting embroiled in conflicts in the Middle East

The attack occurred while Trump was at his Florida estate after a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where they were to discuss what to do about North Korea’s nuclear program and U.S.-China trade disagreements. Traveling to Mar-a-Lago from Washington on Thursday, Trump spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One about Assad, saying “what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. And he’s there, and I guess he’s running things. So something should happen.”

It was not immediately clear if Trump's action had been precleared with Putin in advance.

According to local reports, "32 Minutes ago about hearing Very Loud Sounds & Sky Was Lit up from Airbase He says Now Its "QUIET""

The market's reaction was immediate:

  • S&P 500 FUTURES ERASE GAINS AFTER U.S. LAUNCHES SYRIA STRIKE
  • TREASURY 10-YR YIELD FALLS 4BPS TO 2.31% ON US STRIKES IN SYRIA

According to the local press pool at Mar-A-Lago, Trump is speaking to reporters now about air strike in Syria. It can't be broadcast live because of technical restrictions at Mar-a-Lago.

The speech can be seen here, and here is the full transciprt:

My fellow Americans, on Tuesday Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children.

 

It was a slow and brutal death for so many, even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

 

Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.

 

There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.

 

Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically. As a result the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize threatening the United States and its allies.

 

Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria. And also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.

 

We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed and we hope that as long as american stands for justice then peace and harmony will in the end prevail. Goodnight and God bless America and the entire world. Thank you.

At the same time, Syrian state TV said that "American aggression targets Syrian military targets with a number of missiles." 

Rand Paul who has been vocally against any strikes, opined on twitter:

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said in a statement in support of the airstrike, but he stressed that “any longer-term or larger military operation in Syria by the Trump Administration will need to be done in consultation with the Congress.”

CBS further reports that two dozen members of Congress were notified by White House and Cabinet officials of the airstrike. The White House will be providing a list of these members shortly that includes people on both sides of the aisle.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis says in briefing to reporters that it informed Russia ahead of the missile strike. He added that the "U.S. took great precaution to avoid Russian housing."

In the statement, the Pentagon said a total of 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles targeted aircraft, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars. The Pentagon stressed that “extraordinary measures” were taken to avoid civilian causalities.  The Penaton confirmed that the strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs.

On this point, the WaPo's Josh Rogin asks, "Russians were at that airbase but got a heads up. Still, why were they at the chemical weapons base?" Perhaps because there were no chemical weapons there?

Rex Tillerson added, however, that the US "sought no approval from Moscow." He added that Russia is either complicit or “simply incompetent” for not adhering to a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons, the Associated Press reports. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the airstrikes “appropriate and just.” At the end of the statement, Ryan said he looks “forward to the administration further engaging Congress in this effort.” 

According to the press pool, Trump personally informed China's president Xi of the Syria strike.

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While we await Russia's reaction, earlier in the day Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, warned on Thursday of "negative consequences" if the United States carries out military strikes on Syria.

"We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise," Safronkov told reporters when asked about possible U.S. strikes. When asked what those negative consequences could be, he said: "Look at Iraq, look at Libya."

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For now, the attack appears to be over with ABC quoting a U.S. official after U.S. missiles fired at Syrian airbase who said: “We’re done until another decision is made.

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balz's picture

FUCK YOU TRUMP.

Pinto Currency's picture

This Daily Mail article from 2013 was taken down in 2014:

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’

http://web.archive.org/web/20130130091742/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

toady's picture

Stupid fuck let the neocons fool him again.

 

MillionDollarButter's picture

WTF!  I am in the Fuck Trump camp?

07564111's picture

Where is tmosley ?

Come on out tmosley you fucking dipshit

paizan's picture
paizan (not verified) 07564111 Apr 6, 2017 9:30 PM

Trump WAS always going to do Israel's bidding.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/israel-is-the-problem/

paizan's picture
paizan (not verified) cossack55 Apr 6, 2017 9:33 PM

Know how you feel.

BaBaBouy's picture

THUMP Your Fucking CRAZY ...

WW3 is inches Away ...

BaBaBouy's picture

This just proves it, ONCE YOUR ELECTED you can Fckuk EVERYBODY Up The A$$ thats our Great Demo System...

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Correct. Welcome to the official oppening of WW3

laser's picture

I wish I had the strength and integrity to get the hell out of this country.

BaBaBouy's picture

I Don't Think Even Hillery Would have Started A-NEW-WAR This Fast...

If This Goes Horribly BAD (and It Probably Will), The MSM will be ALL Over The THUMPer... Your Enemies are Celebrating Hugely Right About Now...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

It's official - the USA is a failed state.

Tarzan's picture

So did Kim Jong-un

 

The attack occurred while Trump was at his Florida estate after a dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where they were to discuss what to do about North Korea’s nuclear program

 

The timing sends a double message, North Korea is next

Troll Magnet's picture

Fuck you you goddamn neocon neoliberal piece of shit.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The shit just escalated, CNN announces Russian where on the site where US missiles strike.

http://www.cnn.com/specials/live-video-4?adkey=bn

 

 

eforce's picture

Syria has a defense pact with Iran, this could end badly.

Also... fuck you Trump.

jeff montanye's picture

really president trump, did seventeen u.s. intelligence agencies say the chlorine gas came from syrian sources?  not from a rebel storage dump hit by syrian missiles?  or a false flag from isis or the cia or mossad or . . . (like that never happened before)?

wake the fuck up.  you were elected to avoid this horseshit.  what else, the hair?  the cute wife?  no because you weren't a blood dripping from your fangs neocon war monger like hillary.  this is the best you can do?  fuck that.

to me you look duped, weak, stupid and precipitous.  if you want to warn north korea, warn north korea.  war should mean something.  it should be a last resort.  the u.s. does not have some unique power among nations to use violence to promote domestic policies in other countries.  can you imagine another country treating us this way?

that yemen attack looked bad enough and killed an eight year old female u.s. citizen, as well as u.s. military personnel.  this looks like more u.s. war crimes by yet another israeli stooge u.s. president.  

why bother having elections?  the u.s. is ruled by likud mossad zionists no matter who is elected.  they (and others) killed jfk and ran 9-11.  until that is revealed for a critical mass of the u.s. and the world to recognize, these crimes will go on and on.

http://www.whale.to/b/israel_did_911.html

https://sites.google.com/site/onedemocraticstatesite/archives/-solving-9...

http://www.amazon.com/Solving-9-11-Deception-Changed-World/dp/0985322586

http://www.luogocomune.net/site/modules/sections/index.php?op=viewarticl....   

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/everything-rich-man-trick/

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/098213150X/sr=1-1/qid=1467687982/ref=olp_pro...

http://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2016/04/epn2016474p21.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgE-hGNy2W0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYUYya6bPGw

AVmaster's picture

Hello Mr One Term President...

 

Also, you can take that MAGA bullshit and shove it up your ass...

 

Ur done....

bigkahuna's picture

Trump - continuing hilllary's work - more Arab spring?

 

How did you fall for this? You cannot be this dense. Welcome to the murder club you fool-or perhaps you've always been a member

The Gun Is Good's picture

SHOCK AND AWE, BABY !!!

(*ugh*)

Mr 9x19's picture

one term president : best comment of the page.

GraveDancer's picture
The Road to World War III: Can the Dark forces of anti-Freedom trump Humanity? Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT31AXZ 

Teja's picture

I took a screenshot of the first few "FUCK TRUMP" comments with their super high scores, and will send it via time machine to ZH, 7 months in the past.

Made my day. Incredible. Although I expect after some days most of the Trump F***ers will have forgotten it and think again Trump is the True Leader, only his advisors are the wrong ones.

Memedada's picture

Obviously the Trumpards was fooled (my bet is Trump himself was fooled by himself - that is what megalomaniacs do). Many in US think that there are some political power in the POTUS-position. They don’t realize it is a theatre – no matter who is on the stage it is the same people writing the scripts.

What needs to be done is much more radical – the theatre itself has to come down. The reason Trump was allowed (given the most free airtime to any presidential candidate in US history and not just ignored [like Jill Stein and others with a real change-agenda]) to win was that he represent is no challenge to the system as such. He might challenge some internal power balances within the deep state, but the deep state as such is happy with Trump. They all get a piece of the (non existing) fiat-cake – the MIC, Wall St./City of London/FED/FIRE-sector, old money (pipelines and stuff) etc.

Trump was so obviously a scam that it actually had fatal consequence for my “trust” in the intelligence of most on this site. That so many “critical” minds could get so easily manipulated. It happened to a lot of good/thinking people with Obama as well.

Change will only come when people change their belief in the current structures of power – including the so called elections that only functions to formally legitimize illegitimate power. “If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal”…;-)

Troy Ounce's picture

You might well be right. What about this:

1. Trump phones Putin in advance. Will bomb disused airport.

2. Result:

a. Neocons start masturbating again.

b. "Russia did it" crap narrative stops.

c. Iran & North Korea scratch their heads

d. Israel impressed

Collateral damage: Trump voter.

Could well be a Trump master stroke!

jeff montanye's picture

i hope you're right.  zh outrage lends crediblility and, in any case, lets the president know that some of his support actually cares what policies he follows (or appears to follow).

sometimes it helps to be thought stupid.  with me, though, it's not an act.

good comment.

lucitanian's picture

Trump had no alternative. The US Gov. and the lap dogs, referred to as the "international community" (UK, France, Germany, other NATO members, Australia, Japan) have left themselves no other way than support terrorism at any cost.

He is forced to double down on the lies and hypocrisy that have already gone under the bridge and been unmasked, but continue to be reported as fact by the MSM.

So, when, after proper investigation, it turns out that Al Nusra was warehousing chemical weapons, bombed by the Syrians, will it also be noted that the US was aware of these weapons and there use in the past and yet continued to provide financial, logistic, training, support to this known terror organization. In an investigation will there be discovered some direct connection to that US support, in  terms of chemical or biological precursors.

But I'm not sure that Mr. Xi will be impressed. In fact nobody is impressed at the dead end stupidity the Trump administration is exhibiting in the face of its failure, in backing ISIS, backing Al Nusra, and demanding Bishir Al Assad's removal. 

In short the US has been caught in its own web of lies, and its only answer is more lies:

Present military situation, (complex but Syria gaining ground):

Video: Situation Escalates in Western Syria

 

 

The lies of the past:

The East Ghouta Chemical Attacks (2013): US-Backed False Flag? Killing Syrian Children to Justify a “Humanitarian” Military Intervention

 

 

lucitanian's picture

I don't really understand the down arrows. Did he have an alternative? Could he allow the truth to come out about US support for terrorists? Could he fall in the back of all his dummy allays and say that Al Assad is the legitimate ruler of a sovereign state that his and previous US administrations have tried and so far failed to destabilize and "regime change" illegally by the support of terrorists that store, deploy, and use chemical weapons, and that the US did not only know about but supported and assisted in?

So, failing any of the above, which are obviously impossible, what alternative was Trump left with? Please enlighten me? 

Rubicon727's picture

"I don't really understand the down arrows. Did he have an alternative? Could he allow the truth to come out about US support for terrorists? Could he fall in the back of all his dummy allays and say that Al Assad is the legitimate ruler of a sovereign state...."

Meaning both Trump, D.C. politicians, and the entire MSM have fallen in line with the real bohemoth of American power: corporate/military/intel/the banksters WHO all benefit from this 180 by Trump.

You want proof: For the FIRST time in months, in a 24 hour period, the entire MSM conglomerate fell in line with Trump's decision. Proof positive of the real powers that seek profit for the 1%. And that's what the Trump attack is all about.

Eventually, a nation run by lunatics and naked greed will be destroyed. We, the people, will bear the brunt of this tyranny.

king leon's picture

This action was taken by an international Kangaroo court based on jumped up lies with NO verified proof and these unfounded accusations I have no doubt will be proven as fake propaganda.

I have no doubt that this action was planned as soon as Netenyahoo cleared Russian airspace after his meeting with  Putin a few weeks ago

Up until yesterday half of America hated Trump. As from today ALL of america and most of the world will hate Trump.

SoDamnMad's picture

I am sure the inner circle at GS was told in advance so they they could load up on MIC stawks. Never let a WW go to waste of which this one will let the world go to waste.

king leon's picture

I just now hope that Russia,China,Iran protect the soverignty of Syria by flooding weapons into the country.

Déjà view's picture

59 BLACK SWANS LAUNCHED...

Sincerely,

Donald, Bibi, AIPAC, & 'Trumped'

wren's picture

I supported Trump from day one because he put America First! What a line of bullshit! Can we get a real fucking president who, like me, doesn't give a flying fuck about the Middle East?

laser's picture

A population as gullible and ignorant as that of the US has no future.

Oh regional Indian's picture

All you poor Trumpettes. Cannot see beyond your own noses. MAGA.... what a shitty sounding catch-phrase and you all rolled over like dogs. 

A few of us here could rub your fucking noses in the dirt with a long history of commentary pre- 8th November..... predicting that this was precisely what would happen.

Rah rah.....MA fucking GA..... 

Now enjoy having your sons AND daughters (you know them sweet little girls have been cleard for shared tents with the male satanic spawn you call soldiers) drafted and sent into the burning sands to fight israhelli sand niggers (yes, israhelli sand niggers) funded by your 11million dollars a day to israel.

This particular @i-told-you-so@ gives no pleasure to anyone at all....

Would Hilary have been better? Heck, now it looks like probably yes. At least she was an open cheat. An obvious criminal. A known devil.

Now you have this weird, barely human, orange saviour and his TRANNY FAMILY. Enjoy your sudden, steep descent into misery.

Things I've been saying here and on my blog for years, for which I've been mostly roundly laughed at by the Libbertarian 9hah) majority here are coming true.

Live by the gun, die by the drone....

AmeriKKKa, the world's most aggressive regime for the past 104 years is now in full blowback mode.

Now go stroke your guns and show off your tactical smarts.....

but but....maga... he said he will maga, he said wall, wall.... he said illegal aliens.... he said..... 

Mr. Universe's picture

No one likes a freaking narcissist, but go ahead, give a swift kick in the balls to folks who however naive, thought there was a chance not to MAGA, but to get out from under the curse of the Clinton Crime Family.   

jeff montanye's picture

the choice was hillary clinton, who said she would do precisely the kind of shit trump has done now, and donald trump who said he wouldn't, and even took some shit for a pro russian stance and a syria policy to fight isis and not assad.  but as troy ounce notes above, this could be a double blind which actually stays true to the spirit of those policies.  given the past, i'll err on the side of caution but still hope troy is right.

who better to (figuratively) kick trump in his silly ass i'm the conqueror balls than those who voted for him and gave him money to beat the still worthless sadist hillary?

it ought to mean more, coming from those who elected him, as opposed to mccain, graham, netanyahu, etc.  don't take this lying down people, like the idiot democrats did after the peace prize winner found out he was "really good at killing people".  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/03/obama-drones-double-down_n_4208...

and here, from ron paul: 

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ron-paul-zero-chance-assad-is-behind-the...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

This particular @i-told-you-so@ gives no pleasure to anyone at all....

You seem to enjoy wallowing in it. Disappointing, Ori.

nmewn's picture

You noticed that didja?...lol.

The Hillary dead-enders are going nutz with fake indignation as they do their best not to look at the handiwork of their failed state of Libya (now reduced to the Kingdom of Tripoli surrounded by tribes of bandits) or the refugees streaming into Europe from the Obama administrations meddling in Syria. The Russians were warned ahead of time and Putin is not going to start WWIII over, what at the end of the day is, a Syrian air base being functionally destroyed. 

Now they can get back to looking for Russians under every bed at Trump Tower, excusing Hillary's rather large investment in BleachBit and ignoring the registered foreign agent named John Podesta ;-)

Oh regional Indian's picture

Excuse me while I rant at the MuriKKKan president having unilaterally started (or intensified) another conflict that could be a trigger for getting us all involved in a global conflagaration. 

Let me assure you I'm taking no pleasure in it. 

I'm really angry as is I hope any other rational human being.....