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:


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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BurningBetty's picture

You think Hillary would have done differently. At least with Trump there was hope that he would avoid all sorts of international conflicts. Too bad he failed and once again America is proven to be nothing more than a slave to those in charge, no matter who sits as POTUS.

Tactical Joke's picture

That we cal him on is bullshit says all that needs said about his supporters.

I'd live in Detroit before I'd live in that cesspool called India. Kindly do the needful and piss off.

Oh regional Indian's picture

You're a tactical joke.... I doubt your kind would be welcome here...

That said, I'll admit India is no great shakes right now. We're in the grip of the Schekelers just like you are. It's just that we do not have the capability to blow up half the world at the push of a few buttons.

Neither do we have a half million trained killer dogs roving, raping and pillaging the world.

So, there you have it.

Oh and fuck off....

PT's picture

<Yawn>.  We knew he was a long shot.  But at least he even had a shot.  That is all.

ThuleNord's picture

Fuck Donald Trump.

He knows what he just did. No one is this stupid. He's the scapegoat for this war a mile away. He's a deep state shill and the killer of his own people.

SilverDOG's picture

Trump has gone full; locker room teenage, brain injured RETARD .

God help us all.

Especially the victims in Syria.


The Wizard's picture

How many civilians died in this missle strike? What should we expect from someone who is in Israel's back pocket?

Insatiant's picture

Is it possible U.S. Presidents don't order air strikes, they report them?

WillyGroper's picture

guess epsteins manifest got a bit more involved once on the island, eh?

was tell'n VN vet friend today that these blood thirsty war mongers need to be strapped in chair, sleep deprived with their eyes pryed open to watch their kids heads photoshopped on pics of the kids they've killed, full gore mutilated bodies.

this cuntry is shit...evil shit.

i hang my head in shame & weep for the murdered...murdered for money/power..

Praetorian Guard's picture

YEP!!! ...and WWIII just started. Funny how it is the 100th year anniversary of WWI... financials are going to get hit, and bad. This shit, from what I am hearing is going to spread. The US fucked Russia at the Security Meeting, Putin is NOT happy. Iran and NORK's will be jumping in or gearing up... shit got real


Come join us at ALL are welcome.

Jim in MN's picture

I figure this costs Trump about half of his Independent support...and you know the Dems aren't riding to the rescue here.

So his polling will tank to about 20% support.  

It's never the move....always the counter-move.

king leon's picture

Trump supporters voted him into office to do the very opposite of what he has just done. His Ex supporters must be fucking livid!!!!

Carl Spackler's picture

Jim, you're from MINNIE SODA, so you're surrounded by silly gophers and liberals. Bottom line... you're jaded.

Everything will be okay. Don't act like an unhinged Hillary supporter.

Trump gained power today. He corrected a failed Obama policy. He changed the calculus. Word is coming in from the Middle East, right now, that America is back (after 8 years).


Putin's hands are tied. The Russians said to the world (Obama took credit) that they removed chemical weapons from Syria. Not.

Maybe you have not yet heard, but the Trump Administration told the Putin Administration they were going to attack before they did. Then they did.

Again, Putins hands are tied. He'll be calling Tehran for support, like right now.

Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

Another damned fool. It makes no sense for Assad to bomb Syrian "rebels" with Sarin. It makes total sense for rebels or other enemies of Assad to do so. This is a holy war you dumb ass. If you love war, then YOU can go on and die like a dog in the ME if this pops off. A fucking courtesy call doesn't mean shit! Wake the fuck up you stupid moron. Trump got played by ISIS and the neocons. This is PURE evil. Nothing good will result. And Go fuck yourself.

jeff montanye's picture

what s.f. said.

this is obama policy and, broadly defined, bush policy.  it is israeli/wolfowitz/9-11 "seven countries in five years" policy.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

your brains are tied you fuckhead

wildbad's picture

this is so god damned tiring.

Yes, fuck you trump. fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

this is the final nain in the coffin of the us of a. my one remaining hoe was that one lone ranger slipped past the international bank guards and took the controls of power to do some good.

now, it will be violence, i am sure. i now look forward to the system crashing because the system is fucked and not just a little bit.

we hoped for peace, even our hero brought us war.

fuck you donald

Matteo S.'s picture

The US is rather THE rogue/terrorist State. The world would be much safer if the US were split into several independant States, like the USSR in 1991.

Time to launch Texit, Califexit and co.


At 1.6 million per missle Raytheon just got an order for 90 million last night. Paid for by you and me.

scaleindependent's picture

The USA does not even believe in its' constitution.  ONLY congress is responsible to declare war. 



king leon's picture

The US doesn't believe in the UN either

Anteater's picture

It's not a 'war'. It's a Bad Guy Doing Bad Things and All Options Are On the UNFUNDED Table, because they've been pilfering SS and MC trust funds for 'contingency actions' since the 2001 Cheney-Rumsfeld Military Coup. Now get back to work. The power of the Czar of All Things compels you!

Carl Spackler's picture

Clearly, you are not an American. Your use of language is a give away.

jeff montanye's picture

i don't think zh needs a visa, or a wall.

now you, wake the fuck up.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

fuck off retard. you make all murikans look damn stupid. so just fuck off already.

CH1's picture

Just stop feeding the beast.

Okienomics's picture

Just ran across this quote, one for all of you profanity users above.

"Fuck that idea like the fucking captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck."

Here's two more that apply:

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."  --Hari Seldon

“Profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.”   Kurt Vonnegut

Riga's picture

But isn't everywhere else more socialist.

Lumberjack's picture

Looking for at least a mag 5 quake, 0 depth in Israel.

Xena fobe's picture

100 years to the day from the start of WWI.  RIP,  grandfathers.

jeff montanye's picture

it is a remarkable coincidence.

however, further, i realize that the u.s., especially in the era after ww2 and up through president trump's recent war crime and fool's move, seems like it must be present at the inception of all wars but actually ww1 started in july of 1914 and ww2 in september of 1939 (not when the germans attacked pearl harbor).

i hope putin is more patient with us, the u.s., than the europeans were with germany.

junction's picture

Impeach Mossad Candidate Trump and his arsonist controller, Jared Kushner.

benb's picture

Kushner is an idiot and needs to be expelled. This is just what Dr. Steve Piecznik warned about. The Fucking Neo-con freaks have taken control. No wonder Bannon was pissed off and yelling. 

Is-Be's picture

Yeah. Bannon could have steered Trump.

I hope Trump's wife gives him hell.

jeff montanye's picture


can you talk sense into him or has the testosterone and the zionism taken over?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

So ashamed to be an American right now.

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

Shits about to get real... not only abroad but here in the states. Did they frikkin blackmail him?

HamFistedIdiot's picture

No blackmail is worth sacrificing 100 million people for. You just face the evil straight on, come what may. Only a coward (or sociopath) lets others pay the price for his own failures.

In Ze No's picture

Blackmail?   He's been slashing other programs to bulk up the already bloated military.  These were promises made during the campaign and you really didn't connect the last dot?  

 All roads lead to the same end anyway.  Last 5 presidents all did the same.  So are we gonna cling to the idea presidents quick study and call the shots in isolation or realize the MIC runs the show on the international level and has for a long time?

Montani Semper Liberi's picture

 He also spoke with great contempt about previous presidents military actions in the Middle East during his campaign, and led everyone to believe he would not get the US into such foreign entanglements. It was the main reason I voted and supported him. I feel as if a chair has been pulled out from under me just as I was sitting down. 

 Some heavy cognitive dissonance coming down when I question if I chose the right candidate last November. 

 Where the hell is Trump going to go from here?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Where the hell is Trump going to go from here?


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

That's a good Party Pussy. Because your party is more important than the nation or the world.

Enjoy masturbating over the dead.

BullionBlast's picture

President  Trump has just acted against the very campaign promises that got him elected. We need to literally pray that Vladimir Putin is wise enough to avoid these snares that are being laid for him. Instead watch for an action by Russia and China that will adversly affect the US. The rest of the world is sick of the US and it's poisonous policies. The Empire is dangerous in its' death throes. Very soon the world will see a definate push back against the US. War and destruction is all that the US stands for now.