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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HamFistedIdiot's picture

I can only hope that our retribution does not involve nukes. I'd rather see an economic collapse. But the Evil Ones need a scapegoat, so the CIA will probably nuke a US city itself and blame it on the Bad Guy du jour. :((

SilverDOG's picture

If more than one engagement begins, and financial support, debt trade, ends.. US will too.

 

fleur de lis's picture

There is an app that tracks all planes.

If anyone has it perhaps the flight records of planes in the area would show the origin of the jet in question.

I do not believe for a split second that it was Assad.

How the plane got away with it is the question.

Was it a rogue Syrian jet?

Was it stolen from a Syrian airbase or was it a foreign jet painted like a Syrian one?

If it evaded radar then this event goes very deep.

ISIS and the Syrian rebels are wild killers but they do not have the brains for this kind of operation.

 

 

 

 

TheReplacement's picture

Seriously?

The CIA instructed the terrorists to stockpile chem weapons in a place with lots of civilians.

The CIA used a mole to get information to Syrian or Russian intel that there was a large conventional weapon arsenal there.

The State Department (ultimately the source of the funds) funded White Helmetswere put in place to propagandize the show.

The Syrian AF bombed it.

The CIA controlled MSM took the stories told by terrorists and USG operatives and used it as evidence to try and convict Assad.

Then Trump played his role.

Prediction:  Demons will work with RINOs to pass one or two things (crippled compared to what was originally promised) that Trump was elected for (Healthcare/Tax Reform?).  The Liberty Causus is left cold.  Syria burns.  Every member of the CFR, FedRes, and Knesset is taken to the hospital due to dehydration as the result of excessive masturbation.  Oh and the US empire will crumble and burn... eventually.

 

 

fleur de lis's picture

Yes, seriously.

I am looking at any possibilities because I do not believe what our "leaders" and the TV tell me.

If you know what happened, do tell.

Of course the CIA is mixed up in another atrocity.

They never met a bloodbath they didn't love.

That so many DC and Pentagram uppities did a 180 over visual images without investigation is a mark of severe stupidity. 

They have exposed an Achilles' Heel for the warmongers to exploit -- show a few horrifying pix for a quick bombing of the target du jour.

Our "leaders" are saying it was a Syrian jet so the flight app would confirm or eliminate their ramblings.

 

 

 

AGuy's picture

"Was it a rogue Syrian jet?"

Nothing was dropped from the plane. The Rebels kiddnapped a 140 victums a week prior, and killed them to simulate a gas attack. Not of the first responders had any protective gear. the Alleged Children shown in pictures from the scene all had blunt trama head wounds. Its just another false flag by the rebel to get the US to take out Assad.

fleur de lis's picture

Your version sounds much more likely -- the CIA/ISIS/Rebel serial killers have no limits to their depravity.

The technical details about gear and the head wounds are important because they defy the CIA alibi.

There is no doubt that it is a false flag -- the question is who and how. 

Our press is made up of the most egotistical dunces.

king leon's picture

Go back to fucking sleep!

Al Gophilia's picture

Then as an AMERICAN, ,,,,,,,,,,, RISE UP! Trump is only the figurehead of the Deep State. Too many networked cronies in his past to be anything other than that.

 Pick an AMERICAN next time. This will take an uprising, ala the French Revolution. Off with their heads. Killers of this ilk require ousting. Voting won't cut it.

Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Apr 7, 2017 12:53 AM

Fuck you, I don't believe you've ever been proud to be an American.

jeff montanye's picture

if you mean proud of u.s. military policy, i was born in 1948 and haven't seen much to be proud of.

have you?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Fuck you, I don't believe you've ever been proud to be an American.

Only until I saw through the lies.

Memedada's picture

Only stupid people are proud of achievements that they should not take the credit for. Like where they’re born. Being an “American” (and I guess in your indoctrinated mind that is equal being from USA? And the rest of America – south or north – is not “real” Americans?) should not make anyone more “proud” that just being a human (it takes the same “individual” effort to achieve both results = should foster the same amount of “proudness”).

Memedada's picture

+ Even if you personally take credit for the political/economic system, culture, society and actions of “America” what is there to be proud of?

 

TeamDepends's picture

What's next Donald, common sense gun laws? Disgusting.

QuantumEasing's picture

Was a nice dream, while it lasted. And if Hitlery had gotten in, this would have happened at 12:01 PM on January 20th.

Paul/Gabbard 2020.

Dabooda's picture

Paul/Gabbard 2020 -- another nice dream.  I think Emma Goldman had it right: "If voting made a difference, they'd make it illegal."  And a President who really tried to make a difference would be assassinated promptly.  Look at what happened to Trump, who promised to improve relations with Russia . . .

Nonstop media propaganda about Evil Putin.

Nonstop evidence-free accusations of links between Team Trump and the Russians.

CIA slaughters Russian diplomats left and right.

OBVIOUS false flag by ISIS is given full credence in the media.

And Trump went down like a little bitch. 

Now, I'm sure Paul and Gabbard have more guts and principles than Trump does -- but when our own Intelligence services are launching false flag attacks and putting out blatant lies which are repeated as gospel in the MSM -- you've got to wonder how far truly decent people would get, and how long they would live, if they persisted in trying to do the right thing.

Government is a vampire machine that lives on blood and pillage.  Doesn't matter how many "good" people find places in the machine -- blood and pillage are what the machine does.

Once upon a time we were taught that we need government to protect us from bad people.  We're not supposed to realize that the very worst people in the world are those who form the institutionalized theft, slavery and murder racket called "government." 

If you need protection, buy a gun and join (or form) a militia.  Free men guard their own heads.  "Government" is what they need guarding from.

jeff montanye's picture

there is a lot to what you say.

but still we need traffic lights, the enforcement of contract law, standards of weights and measures.

and there you are, a little bit pregnant.

this government dates from the great wars and, even more, from the assassination of jfk which they, so far, have gotten away with, though more and more people believe less and less of the official story.

ditto 9-11.

that last is the key.  truly bust 9-11 (and the saudi suits may do just that) and the world changes.  then voting will make a difference (voting finally did what the civil war only started).

Dabooda's picture

The free market (i.e. free from government control) can produce any good or service that people are willing to pay for.  You don't need a government to define weights and measures or set rules of the road -- merchants and road owners can do all that kind of thing just fine.  Contracts sometimes need arbitration, and professional arbitrators do a much better job of that than government courts. 

All the things that people are NOT willing to pay for are probably best left undone.  Case in point:  US "foreign policy."

Breaking open the truth about 9/11 would go a long way to de-legitimizing government with the public, a good thing,  but voting won't change things.  No matter who you vote for, the government still gets elected. 

CH1's picture

Time to walk away from it.

Carl Spackler's picture

"Time to walk away from it."

Obama is that you? How's the Indonesian bath house?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Just keep fapping away, war fag, your fantasy is coming true.

Clashfan's picture

Yup. Trumpbot warmongers out in force on BB and elsewhere. Disgusting. Glad to see so many ZHers like you standing up to it.

BuddyEffed's picture

Farce to make trump look like he's tough on Putin instead of in league with him?

Cman5000's picture

It's in Putin court now. I think even if Russians are killed he will try and avoid escalating this cluster mess. He avoided it with Turkey down that Russian fighter jet. Pray Putin doesn't overeact. 

Carl Spackler's picture

Putin has no leverage in this matter. He will provide rhetoric.

Assad overplayed his hand and got a spanking.

It stops at this point.

Sorry all you McCain supporting WWW3ers.

The test is over. The world moves on. No war.

Trump just got stronger.

froze25's picture

I just don't buy the chemical weapons story. Stinks to high haven like bull shit. 

Larry Dallas's picture

I agree with Carl Spackler:

Of course Trump is going to flex nuts with Xi in town. This is a minimal show of power, regardless of who instigated it, it has a strong psychologal effect on Xi - in our home turf - when N. Korea is sable rattling.

 

Everyone is here, by and large, are not thinking 3 dimensionally.

jeff montanye's picture

flex nuts, minimal show of power, strong psychological effect?

ok if we torch your house and most of you for the same?  we're apaches and need something to give our casino opening a bit more oompf.

bigkahuna's picture

he just shot himself in the ass...again   ths time really big league

Carl Spackler's picture

Putin has no leverage in this matter. He will provide rhetoric.

Assad overplayed his hand and got a spanking.

It stops at this point.

Sorry all you McCain supporting WWW3ers.

The test is over. The world moves on.

Trump just got stronger.

jeff montanye's picture

no.

weaker, stupider and more mendacious and evil generally.

unsafe-space-time's picture

The only civilized way Putin can retaliate is to nuke Mecca. Then it's world peace.

jeff montanye's picture

don't just tell us.  take that brain and start picking lotto numbers.

Lanka's picture

You Maniacs. You Blew It Up. God Damn You. God Damn You All to Hell!  (Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes)

BingoBoggins's picture

You are beautiful, man! Lol!!

Supafly's picture

We may be freaking out for no reason.  This action destroys any suspicion of a connection between Russia and Trump, makes Trump look tough and compassionate and appeases the warmongers.  I think this was done with the tacit approval of Russia and am willing to bet that in the next couple of days, the real culprit behind the attack (McCain) will be revealed.  Another bong hit, please.

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 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

FAG - Fucked America Good!

Thanks a lot, Donnie Rodham Trumpton

Ignatius's picture

We've been Drumpf'd.

War Salad: just toss a big lie of Syrian chem attack into the news cycle and 24 hours later, wala!

90's Child's picture

Shemp - Yet you're one of the dumbasses that shunned me on November 8th when I stated that a trump victory would show that he's part of TPTB and wouldn't be good.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-08/first-votes-start-coming#commen...

"If trump wins I think that'll be the worse outcome.

TPTB clearly run the show. If they didn't want Trump in he wouldn't be in.

Whose to say he's not with them?"

Called it bitchez

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Who cares? You're an asshole, this is what's important. Gonna go jack off now that you're feeling oh so triumphant? You and crossroaddemon should get an "I told you so" circle jerk going to celebrate.

90's Child's picture

Lol, I'm an asshole cause your a mindless drone?

You must be having withdrawals from riding trumps dick for too long.

Lol serfs up chump.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

You must be having withdrawals from riding trumps dick for too long.

Still fixed on same-sex love? From you expected.

Clashfan's picture

Might be a time for humility and to give credit where it's due?