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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thetruthhurts's picture

Sryia gave up Chemical weapons in 2014....

 

FKostanza's picture

Uh oh, and suddenly a million tongues flopped out of the orange butthole.

nightwish's picture

He just lost a massive support base

Now it's down to a revolution or second coming as the only hope to fix the world, but don't hold your breath for either

Freddie's picture

Trump is a shit bag liar.  Jared Kushner-Soros and Ivanka are in charge. I loathe Trump now as much as I loathed Obola.  F Trump.

Elections are meaningless.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Trump has officially become a War Criminal.

Hope he's reading this.

How does it feel to be part of the club you Scum Fuck?

Not only is Obama and now Trump Scum Fuck Pure Evil Psychopaths. They've now officially become, although they always been, an accessory to War Crimes, Treason & Conspriacy to Muder Amercian's.

Its safe to say now, any Criminal Fraud CEO "President" of the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. from here on out would have to defacto continue the Crime, swear an Oath to Treason & continue the PsyOp / False Narrative Flag of 911.

booboo's picture

how many were shot down? How many impacted the targets? enquiring minds want to know, it means a lot.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Trump=Obama=BushII=Clinton=BushI=Reagan

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 

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) paizan Apr 6, 2017 8:40 PM

 

Heh, heh, heh, let's hope we killed some russkies.

L Bean's picture

Just in time 4 Purim amirite, or Amalek?

booboo's picture

I always thought it strange how the yiddish language sounds much like the russian language. kissing cousins maybe, just jealous that you have some rat infested taint strip on the Med and they have all those resources.

BarkingCat's picture

It's  fucking Germanized goat fucker language

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

a joo from that god damned satanic tribe

you master awaits you in hell you filthy joo

caconhma's picture

Trump shows his real face. He is a fraud and  a zio-lackey.

As for Prostitutin's groupies, he became more and more irrelevant. Today Russia is a mafiosi state. For all practical purposes, it is a war against Putin's Russia and he has lost it already!

The most important question now: What will China do about Syria and NK?

Is-Be's picture

Just leave the Russians alone.

What is it with the youth of today? 

Not been invaded recently? That can easily be fixed with one neutron bomb.

And then you will be eating your mother.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

theres more democracy in russia now than in the us of ass for the past 50 years you fuck head

kliguy38's picture

May god help us all..........this is one crazy shitstorm

4shzl's picture

This is Saudi Arabia's agenda; if gratifies Israel, well that's a bonus -- at least it is in the eyes of our scumbag-in-chief.

A Nanny Moose's picture

You bet your fucking ass....silly Goyim.

The next war is Christianity vs. Musloid, courtesy of (((the Tribe)))

thepigman's picture

Look how fucking happy they are now that Trump is implementing Israeli foreign policy.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-praises-message-of-resolve-in-us-...

Tiwin's picture

wow all these upvotes for the biblicism spammer!

What is the current temperature in downtown Hades this morning?

Manthong's picture

I did not think he was that stupid.

He did not give it time for the facts to be verified.

He has fallen for a deep state trap.

They will hang him with the Bush WMD argument.

Trump is toast.

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCKKKK...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I despair for my country. 

radio man's picture

I've been prepping for emp for a few years now, so let's see if it works. 

QuantumEasing's picture

We're at solar minimum. Chance of CME is low. Wait a couple years.

turnoffthewater's picture

"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCKKKK...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I despair for my country."

Now its a race. Who will take DC first, the American people or Russia.

AllThatGlitters's picture

Here goes silver and gold - ticking straight up:

Live Silver:  http://www.pmbull.com/silver-price/

Live Gold:  http://www.pmbull.com/gold-price/

Can't say  I'm thrilled about the circumstances under which they are climbing though.

king leon's picture

This just shows how the markets are rigged, an event like this would have sent oil prices into orbit but again this is a non event.

billwilson2's picture

You are a bit slow aren't you?

I have been saying the same thing since day 1. Trump is a loser, a bully, and an idiot to boot. Case now proven.

Is-Be's picture

Apes will be apes I suppose. They are just fascinated by other apes. Can't focus on anything else.

Sanity Bear's picture

This is the first big mistake for which there is no larger-game-perspective excuse-making.

TheReplacement's picture

Trump is a billionaire who will assign himself SS for life.  He's all set.

WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE TOAST.

Zorba's idea's picture

WTF! The one reasonable voice about all the US ME fuckery has about faced. It appears DJT is all in on winning the hearts and minds of the Deep State. I'm wondering if this is the price to unmask all the Owhateverhisnameis dirty players and HrotC's. If Donald shoves the pipeline the Saudi's covet so badly up Syria's ass, it'll be a win-win for the those desperately trying to keep the petro-dollar spinning. Winning! plus..FUBAR'd all in the same day!

Blankone's picture

Bush is doing just fine. Did I miss his trial?

But you were originally correct. Trump is not stupid enough to have done this --- AND so many other things since taking office without it being his original intent.

Trump is not toast, WE are toast. We will be amazed how brazen the zionists are for the next 4 yrs.

general ambivalent's picture

You Trumptards have been in denial. This was always the plan, Trump has always been part of the deep state. He is owned because he (((owes))).

caconhma's picture

Trump is not stupid. He just serving to his real masters.

The real Trump is an over-leveraged real-estate speculator and a con-artist. Consequently, he is behaving as a real Donald Trump. Nobody have misled Trump. He knew very well from his daily intelligence briefings who would do what and, at that time, he was instructed on "his" actions to follow.

lil dirtball's picture

> They will hang him with the Bush WMD argument.

... and just look what happened to Bush. The horrors.

> Trump is toast.

Let's chant:

Vote him out!
Vote him out!
Vote him out!

Hey ... that kind of shit got him in there. It's sure to work getting him out.

LOL @ YOU, Trumptards.

~

... continual crisis ...

"You live in a theme park." - Joe Walsh

logicalman's picture

Looks like the show's finale is close!

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."

George Carlin

Clashfan's picture

You didn't think he was that stupid because... he isn't.

-1

He's obviously been lying/acting all along. 

Duh.

I'm still glad he beat Hitlery, but not so much now. And ftr I didn't vote.

Abstain and avoid this stain.

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 

beemasters's picture

Trump wasn't fooled by the neocons. Trump fooled his supporters!

Billy the Poet's picture

So at worst Trump is equally immoral as Hillary and less organized. It still sounds like the lesser of available evils to me. The question is whom or what do we rally behind now?

crossroaddemon's picture

I spen a good chunk of last year pointing out that it was dumb to rally behind anyone.

Billy the Poet's picture

I've spent the better part of the past dozen years waiting for the system to fall apart of its own accord and it hasn't happened yet.  Do you think that that method will bear fruit soon?

beemasters's picture

I give you two choices in life: 1) Jump in front of a moving vehicle or 2)Jump off a cliff. Which would you choose? Please choose neither.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Rally behind Nobody. When there are enough people voting for Nobody, they will realize the people are tired of getting conned.

Now since you voted for Trump, please clean up his mess!