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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Billy the Poet's picture

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


I didn't vote in 2008 or 2012 for the reasons you mentioned and nothing good came of it. So by Einstein's criteria I had to vote in 2016 or I would be insane.

Sometimes it's possible to use the state's regulations against it and this past election cycle seemed like such an opportunity (and the payoff may still be coming). Here's an example of how some creative folks followed the rules of the state in order to bog down the state. Were they wrong to attempt such methods in your opinion?


How To Bring Down the SystemBy Gary NorthMarch 17, 2012

beemasters's picture

"I didn't vote in 2008 or 2012 for the reasons you mentioned and nothing good came of it. So by Einstein's criteria I had to vote in 2016 or I would be insane."

So, if you don't choose either (1)run over by a car or (2)jumping off the cliff now, would you choose either one later if I ask again? I still hope not.

Well, if you have to vote, consider voting for an independent AND persuade others to consider doing the same.

Excerpt from your linked article above: "Every system can be brought down. Every system is vulnerable. If you can spot the weak point in the system, you can exploit it."

I'm sure "jumping on the bandwagon", no matter how long you have refrained doing so, isn't what the writer has in mind.

Billy the Poet's picture

Excerpt from your linked article above: "Every system can be brought down. Every system is vulnerable. If you can spot the weak point in the system, you can exploit it."

I'm sure "jumping on the bandwagon", no matter how long you have refrained doing so, isn't what the writer has in mind.


Has the Trump presidency weakened the system or strengthened it?

beemasters's picture

It has weakened the cohesion of the people- not so much the system. They know well how to use the media as a tool for division. The system still wins because most people, like you, still think they have a voice, and their choice of running over by a car is better than jumping off a cliff.

Billy the Poet's picture

Are you misunderstanding me on purpose?

beemasters's picture

I don't understand the point of your argument. If you are trying to justify your bad choice by looking at the "bright side" of it, you would be like Madeleine Albright saying killing 500,000 kids is worth it. It's not!
Signing off..

Billy the Poet's picture

I don't think it was a bad choice. I think that the Trump presidency has exposed the status quo like never before. Average people now see the Deep State clearly. The media is less trusted than ever. And unlike those who supported the previous administration I see lots of Trump voters calling him out for his crimes.

You can continue to insist that you can cook tasty omelets without breaking a few eggs but I want to see the results. Otherwise you remain the crazy person identified by Einstein. You refuse to leave your ivory tower and give the levers of power a good swift kick when possible despite the fact that your refusal to explore all options has never stopped a single tyrant from taking power.

Tactical Joke's picture

That's key difference. Plenty of those who supported or voted for him are calling him out. When did Zeros supporters call him out? *crickets*

It says more about those who supported the men than it does about the men they supported.

I voted for Trump. Fuck Donald Trump.

ds's picture

At whose expense ? So the Syrians are just collateral damages to prove some points. Violence begets Violence. Make sure you celebrate others making their points at you expense. 

Billy the Poet's picture

So the Syrians would have preferred to be bombed by Hillary in your opinion?

Missmarfac's picture

So how long do think it will take some ZH jackass to chime in that Einstein was a Jew alligned with the Rothschild Banking Dynasty,  the Luminati and the 'Deep State'? Fuckin morons.

Billy the Poet's picture

Einstein was an anti-Zionist who called the founders of Israel terrorists.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


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

Yeah, we know. Are you going to spend the next year strutting and preening about it?

Is-Be's picture

It's his egp.

It's all about HIM.

BarkingCat's picture

No, that is way too much evil.

If this is what we get we would have been better off with that dipshit Casic....or however it's spelled

ffed's picture

Flat earth. It rally gets to the base of all the lies.  Or keep look at each other like wtf just happened. 

lil dirtball's picture

> Trump fooled his supporters!

You give the man entirely way too much credit. How hard can it be?

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

Latina Lover's picture

Trump just got neoconned.  How sad.

tmosley's picture

I said I would judge based on actions over words. Now action has taken place.

It's over.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Trump is a good businessman.  He acted fast and called in the airstrike NOW.  Got free shipping and two missles for one.

The Blank Stare's picture

I feel a pian in my back, kind of like a deep stabbing feeling.


CheapBastard's picture

how many innocent syrians dead......and yet soros stills walks the earth.

Jein's picture

We're not even at full retard yet. Just wait until we attack North Korea

Bigern's picture

THAT is indeed the left hook. The jaw dropper is when someone drops the hammer on one of our nails. Everyone will stop one spring morning. People will be all standing still, staring into the TV screens at McDonald's, coffee shops, and truck stops; hardly able to believe what has happened. The pride, smugness, and confidence will be drained away in a moment, as reality sets in to the helplessness of the new paradigm unleashed. This is an evil generation. We are about to see very real manifestations. The world is spinning apart, and it can no longer be masked.

onewayticket2's picture

Middle of the night. Minimal casualty/max damage.

This was timed to hit during dessert with Xi.

CH1's picture

"Middle of the night. Minimal casualty/max damage."

Dude, you have to realize how lame that is.

Please tell me it was an attempt at humor.

Cistercian's picture

And he caves...this sucks so badly.

I share your frustration...the US is adrift run by psychopathic fools...

nukes going off are in the near term are certain at this rate.

Prepare my friends.

God save us!!!

OpTwoMistic's picture

Why were US ships even in the area.  Pull all US out and bring them home.  Make sure no one follows you home either.

On another Syria story, someone talked about a no fly zone.  There is going to be one and it will be Russian.  This incident will likely lead Russia to go ahead and destroy the dollar.  Any country this ignorant does not deserve to lead anything.

CheapBastard's picture

good for gold...bad for syria and very bad for Americans

Blankone's picture

Today and on previous days posters claimed if the US ships attacked Syrian positions that they would be sunk by Syrian anti ship missiles. And that Russia would also act and attack them.

SO, how many US ships were sunk.

No-fly zone. Most likely, but it will be the US who declares it and Russia will cower again.

Over the last year I have warned that Hezbollah had better get back to cover at home or be confident they can get there when Putin abandons them and removes his air support for them. They may soon be destroyed.

tmosley's picture

Lots of Jap ships would have been sunk at Pearl Harbor too, had it not been a surprise attack.

It's hard to defend yourself against a sucker punch.

Blankone's picture

I hate to inform you but Trump called Putin and told him the attack would happen and that Putin was to stay out of it or suffer the consequences.

Yes, Putin was told before hand and then Putin did not tell Assad.

tmosley's picture

I wonder about that. Hearing reports that there were either zero deaths, or just one, and that most of the missiles hit the same part of the airfield over and over again.

Initial reports seemed to indicate a full scale war, and something that might have justified a nuclear response by Russia (ie the mass murder of Russian airmen). This seems to no longer be the case, and instead appears to be a case of extreme sabre rattling.

I don't like it. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. The ends may justify the means, assuming no deaths. Maybe.

Blankone's picture

59 missiles hit an airbase of the Syrian military. As far the number of deaths (Syrians), I doubt they know at this point.

Buildings, planes, resources, runways destroyed. That is an act of war not "sabre rattling".

Well, why do not Putin do a little sabre rattling and bomb a US air field? Right, because that would be an act of war.

Missmarfac's picture

Putin got served.  Assad  on his way out.  Hezbollah on the run. 

BobEore's picture

hehehe... nice one. For the last 6 months or so our Bagholder in Chief TM has been one of those zheeple most happy to throw around the buzzword of the month from last year - cucks -

in order to project a frisson of manliness, au courant hiptitiude... and general crowd-following hopenchangey self imagery.

Now the cucks have come home to roost... in the backyards of the fuktards who ... BOUGHT THE DREAM, and now just scream...

DADDY@@!  You lied to us!


Billy the Poet's picture

That's fine. Integrity is more important than loyalty to a liar.

bigdumbnugly's picture

the day after Bannon is out.

coincidence?  I think not.

Lore's picture

Very grave, disappointing news. Dared to hope that Trump might be smarter and better than this. 

So much for "draining the swamp." Things just got a lot more dangerous inside the Beltway.

Is it possible that Trump was not the one who gave this order?  Could the MIC ziopaths have acted on their own?

bigdumbnugly's picture

all this time i thought i was allied with Trump.

in reality it was Steve Bannon all along.


Bannon 2020.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

the good thing is he seems to have just striked airfield infrastructure

and hopefully low-to-no casualties


and hopefully it just makes Assad act more carefully (e.g. airstriking places where chemicals may have been accidently stored)

and Russia and Assad to understand that the US can work with Russia and Assad BUT they gotta make sure no civilians get hurt


i guess -_-

i dunno just trying to find a silver lining -- at least they didn't bomb the Assad President palace or something lol -- just airfields and fuel tanks

CH1's picture

"the good thing is he seems..."

And you know that how? Because NBC told you??!!!??

Laowei Gweilo's picture

same way you seem to know there were airstrikes ? =p


lol just saying assuming there were strikes, and assuming they were just on infrastructure, then it's a lot less worse than it could be. 'if'


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

There is no silver lining. It's all based on a concocted story which still lacks any evidence.

This is, pure and simple, war crime. Don't believe it? Go study the Nuremberg Trials and see where Wars Of Aggression places in the hierarchy of war crimes.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

i don't disagree that it feels like a false flag or at least an accident (e.g. intentional airstrike; did not know there were chemicals there)

just saying, at least they didn't try bomb Assad himself -_- just infrastructure. it could be worse q_q

Which way to the beach's picture

"and hopefully it just makes Assad act more carefully (e.g. airstriking places where chemicals may have been accidently stored)"

Sorry to piss on your parade, but what make you think the SAAF need to avoid CW storage sites? How can they do that? The headchoppers have just been given the gift that keeps on giving, False flag CW attacks again and again. What of the Russian advisors at thi airbase in Homs? I would like to be a fly on the wall at the Security council meeting President Putin is holding right now. American and the coalition of the stupid are targets now in Syria, and for that matter in Iraq as well. Reports on Twitter are that Iran has been flying in a lot of military equipment into Syria the last 48 hours. I'm afraid Putin may have patience, but Iran and Hezbollah? Not so much. And my stupid assfucker Trudeau agrees with this flagrant violation of Syria and a war crime.


Laowei Gweilo's picture

they don't NEED to


but it would make it easier for Trump to work with Assad and Putin if they make sure kids don't get gassed lol -_-


I think Trump is still clearly willing to work with both but gotta try meet him halfway -- bombing rebel teenagers? OK. kids getting gassed? a little toooo far. =p

natashav's picture

The airstrikes were retaliation for an Israeli Jet shot down by Syrian forces.

It was also a strategy to destroy Syria's air defense so Israel could come in and murder, rape and finish off Syria

so they can steal their plan and build their oil pipeline.


Syrians are crying right now. They feel they have no defense and know they may all be murdered by Israel and Israel's bitch boy the USA.


44magnum's picture

They have been acting on their own since 1913