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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jeff montanye's picture

it's always time for humility and to give credit where it's due.

but the statement was that hillary was a better choice, right (If trump wins I think that'll be the worse outcome.)?  that's still not proven, although this latest debacle is not a good sign.  she still strikes me as more monetarily corrupt and naturally sadistic (that laugh after cornholing gadhafi with a knife will never die).

BingoBoggins's picture

Too greedy by half. Not a team player.

Clashfan's picture

I didn't catch the pro-Hitlery part. My mistake.

Rump would have to work really hard to be a worse choice--can't see that.

BarkingCat's picture

You're still wrong about him being part of the TPTB. 

What this proves is that he acts without thinking ... so those that said that were correct.

Obviously he is not nearly as smart as his promoters have made him out to be. It looks like his speaking is on level with his intellect.

In Ze No's picture

He's been saying since the campaign days he was going to slash programs to rebuild our (already bloated) military.  Make it great again.  And then he came into office and started slashing.  What did you think the spending expansion was indicative of?

jeff montanye's picture

a big stick with which to speak softly.  or at least to solidify military support and not to duplicate the war crimes of his immediate predecessors.

and it's not just that they are war crimes.  they don't do any good and they drag the flag of the u.s. through blood, corpses and shit one more time.

more money for the mic and the cia, and corpses for the mossad, does not preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states.

as president trump swore to do.

Blankone's picture

Putin set up Syria just like Iraq, Libya, Serbia and others were set up for the US/Zionists to take knock them down.

Either Putin/Russia/Soviets did these things to steal a few profits from the carcass or they have been in on it from the beginning.

Where is the Putin BS Fan Club Now?????
Where is that "ray cannon" that knocks out ships and can knock down planes and missiles that russia and Iran supposedly have?

I know. This is an example of the master chess player Putin is. BS

From day one when Putin was did not declare a nofly zone it was set to happen. Only question was that because Putin is the coward he appear to be or he and the russian elite do not care and only want profits or they are party to the game and NWO?

OK, Putin butt licks. Tell us the new red line is Iran and how the zionists just fell for Putin's trap.

Sanity Bear's picture

I'll have a third of what you're having.

HelloSpencer's picture

Gotta be careful there. You don't want to overdose.

jeff montanye's picture

just wet the tip of your little finger then touch it to your tongue, like ramar of the jungle

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Go to Hell, you pathetic worm. You've always been just another anti-Putin troll, and now you're particularly nauseating.

PS: You're getting the war you've been jacking off about. Congratulations.

Carl Spackler's picture

There's no war coming.

This was a spanking for Assad.

He'll get the message.

Giant Meteor's picture

Well we'll see, apparently the Russians were forewarned, in advance, regarding the strike. 

"Activists in the opposition groups, react, finally." - some hack

Fareed, " what follows next, this was quite intelligent, quite effective" but "gonna take a lot more strikes, many more boots on the ground" "We've entered the most complcated civil war in the  middle east."

Thanks Fareed !

Ahhhhh, next hack says, "well did the Russians know these planes were loaded up with sarin gas?"  ..


TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Eh, if this doesn't spark the desired conflict I'm sure the ISIS/CIA/Mossad/whatever black ops team pulled off the last false flag can just step it up a notch.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


He'll get the message.

Really? Just what is the message? Don't fight back against American-sponsored terrorists?

Which way to the beach's picture

And what message is that Carl? Let Bibi fuck you up the ass? Sorry, that ain't gonna happen. Syrian are not going to change their position on that. Oh by the way, this just increased support for President Assad in Syria.


jeff montanye's picture

this increased support for assad in the u.s. and putin worldwide.

emersonreturn's picture

i'm starting to understand, carl, why we haven't heard from you much for 7yrs. 

BarkingCat's picture

No, he is write. Maybe he hates Putin because he had faith in him before and was disappointed. 

BarkingCat's picture

Hey, I agreed with most of that what you said.

I think you have extreme anti Putin bias but Putin has not stood by his allies.

If he stands aside now and does not defend Syria, Russia will be fucked soon enough too.

This tells me that their supposed great defensive weapon systems are shit.

If the S-400 were as advertised,, those Tomahawks would have gotten taken out of the sky.

If Putin had balls those ships that fired them would be reefs right now.

Russia is fucked. Their turn will come soon enough, right after Iran.

Is-Be's picture

Not true.

Why would Putin blow his wad on the foreplay?

Blankone's picture

My issues with Putin are his actions. Based upon what I have observed the Russian elite are party to the destruction of their supposed allies. Russia removed chemical weapons from Iraq, Libya and Syria before they were bombed by the US. Russia also removed enriched uranium from Iran (hint).

I think EUke goes hot before Iran, as my guess. Remember Putin twice forced the EUke's to accept a ceasefire just when they had trapped very large portions of the WUke forces and were going to destroy them. Putin forced the EUke's to allow the WUke to simply walk/drive away safely. Total betrayal.

Putin's a slime snake.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Come on, all you've ever wanted to see is Russia getting dragged into a hot war. Why not just admit it instead of spinning all your convoluted pseudoanalysis?

Blankone's picture

I've wanted Putin to have some integrity and to have his balls (long missing) attached.

If Putin had declared a no-fly zone over Syria from day one none of this could have happened.

But they it keeps getting more likely Putin is party to the events, either from the offset or has negotiated a deal behind his allies back (and has done so to other now destroyed allies).

If Putin is simply a coward, then Russia's time will come in the next 4 yrs. Not by direct military attack (maybe by continuous covert attacks).

Another "red line" of Putin's just got crossed. A line that all of you fans claimed was in ink and would result in war. Go ahead now, start making excuses for Putin impotence.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Vomiting more bullshit? You just can't admit it, can you?

Is-Be's picture

If you don't like the Russian domestic arrangement, just ignore them.

They are big boys and can wipe their own bottoms.

There are many ways of being in the world

What is it with you Monotheist that you have got to control the everyone?

Abandon monotheism. It is evil.

fbazzrea's picture

perhaps Trump called Putin with a heads up. i dunno... 

maybe it's all show. maybe even Assad knew it was coming. empty airfield? i dunno... 

maybe the neocons needed to walk their new dogs; let 'em take a crap. get some exercise. i dunno...

hope Trump knows what he's doing. but shite could get real with one misstep by just about anyone.

BarkingCat's picture

Don't care if he called Putin.

Hitting a sovereign nation with Tomahawks is an act of war.

The democrats and neo-cons can impeach his ass now as only congress can declare war.


jeff montanye's picture

never sure about the democrats (and they aren't either) but the neocons care far more about obedience (and this attack is obedience) than any silly ass law like the u.s. constitution.  perhaps trump regards this attack as impeachment insurance, if anything.

SilverDOG's picture

Putin is graciously allowing the US to shoot itself in the face, again.

We the People, do not appear attractive, to anyone who is not.

TheReplacement's picture

Soviets?  Kinda exposed yourself there.

Blankone's picture

I thought Iraq happened during the Soviet period.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


I thought Iraq happened during the Soviet period.

Burning tires have inhaled too much?

holgerdanske's picture

with people like you, we got what you deserved

welcome to WWIII

goddam fools

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

flapdoodle's picture

Trump has just made Obama seem like an island of prudence in a sea of insanity. Never thought I would think that way, but so it is.

The key to what comes next is how Xi reacts to this - I suspect things in Mar-a-Lago are pretty tense right now. If Trump believes acting crazy will get Xi to help out with North Korea, I believe he is in for a big disappointment.

The world has survived 70 plus years of having nuclear weapons because its leaders were sober. If Trump can't exercise self control and wisdom as leader of the worlds most powerful military, we are truly fucked.

tired1's picture

FWIW - Trump says he doesn't drink. Perhaps he shpuld have started.

jeff montanye's picture

nor putin, but sober has a larger meaning:


:  marked by sedate or gravely or earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor


:  unhurried, calm


:  marked by temperance, moderation, or seriousness a sober candlelight vigil


:  subdued in tone or color


:  showing no excessive or extreme qualities of fancy, emotion, or prejudice

i.e. not trump, pretty much, voted for him though i did.

BobEore's picture

Calm down bitchez.

This is all pure theater - and ALL the major players have the script in front of them by prearrangment.


Had you been paying attention, you'd know that already.

You're being played. As usual.

jeff montanye's picture

it's not theater to the dead or to the rule of law.  and it doesn't do any fucking good, not even for israel which will not know a moment's peace until it adopts the one state solution (then it's maybe three generations away).

good fucking luck.

BobEore's picture

Which 'dead' be day? Are you referring to corpses... walking dead... probable psyop 'dead'... or what.

Don't get worked up bud. Too early in the game. You won't last 3 innings at the rate you're going.

BarkingCat's picture

Indeed. It is one thing to start bombastically throwing words around. Cruise missiles are quite another.


Can we have Jimmy Carter back???

Al Gophilia's picture


Tactical Joke's picture

Zero would have lit the place up like the Fourth of July the day of the supposed chemical attack. Trump sucks. Zero sucks more.

jeff montanye's picture

they are both, trump and obama, starting to look a little bit similar: campaign promises are for chumps; my followers are following me, not the policies i said i would implement for the country; and if i give the zionists this one thing that's it right? i'm my own man still, after that, right? 

strannick's picture


Fuck you Trump

jeff montanye's picture

apparently john to the whore rodham.

why did they fight so hard?