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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Raging Debate's picture

LORE - No. The POTUS would have to give the order. It is bad news. 

BlindMonkey's picture

"WTF!  I am in the Fuck Trump camp?"


Not anymore.  Impeech Trump

gruden's picture

Trump caved. I had hoped he would hold out longer. It's over.

Jim in MN's picture

Next will be 'ground the Syrian Air Force'.

And/or we lose a warship.

And/or 'things' start happening beyond Syria. 

Just remember--the global elites are EVERYONE'S enemy.

And they've made it clear that collateral damage is A-OK.

Those are the rules.

07564111's picture

we are all collateral damage now

loves the truth's picture

What was the name of that Who song

Don't be fooled again and again and again and again

duo's picture

"This shit will get out of hand and we'll be lucky to live through this".

BlindMonkey's picture

My favorite movie line about serious bullshit.  


Thank you brother.

07564111's picture

This one is probably more to the point >>

You arrogant fool, you've killed us all.

OverTheHedge's picture

Or Arthur Dent's perennial favourite: "So this is it - we're all going to die?".

It's 6:00am and I have just woken up to find a very, very peeved zerohedge. Serious question from across the water: is anyone going to organise some kind of demonstration? Make the point that this is not what was expected of your man Trump?

It could be that this will be the catalyst to take back your democracy, but it will actually involve making a stand. Unfortunately, I don't think Soros will be able to provide any funding, and I don't see the left being keen to demonstrate against war, given the last few years. Good luck guys, we are all depending on the choices you make now - unlike you, I personally am in the firing line - 200km from Souda Bay, which will definitely be on the list for a nuclear strike, should things get extra-silly.

hllnwlz's picture

You arrogant ass; you've killed us all!

hllnwlz's picture

"This business will get out of control.  It will get out of control and we will be lucky to live through it."  (Sorry for the pedantry; I know this movie by heart.  It never gets old and seems, sadly, more relevant than ever.  You are Jack Ryan.  I am Jack Ryan.  We are the only Jack Ryan's left.)

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

If any ship involved in this is sunk, I'll be cheering.

Thanks a lot, Traitorous Don.

curbjob's picture

It seems every declining empire goes through the same death throws;

first they print, then they take us to war.

no reason to think this time will be any different. 

laser's picture

It maybe about time for the US to find out how inferior its air force is. 

toady's picture

Bullish for Raytheon?

Caledonian's picture

over priced German junk

Adullam's picture

He just made the decision that will make him a 1-term president. Millions who voted for him never voted for this.

Blankone's picture

Which also means they intend to drive their agenda with the pedal down and not giving a damn about voter opinions.

HardAssets's picture

Who knows if he even gave the order ?

Given the current environment that may be a 50:50 proposition.

salvadordaly's picture

Why does the Who come to mind? Oh yeah,
Fucking asshole!

Amalgamated Tang's picture

Dammit! Dammit! This is exactly what Obama and his puppets want. Dammit!

Missmarfac's picture

Dumbass..  Its the exact opposite of what Obama did when Assad used gas to kill 1000 civilians three years ago.

Victor999's picture

Except that Assad didn't do that - the terrorists did.

Missmarfac's picture

So any military action that Trump takes is perforce orchestrated  by 'neocons'?   He is a child lacking any independence or free will.  He is the puppet; they are puppeteers.

Such is the complex, nuanced view of the world by ZH readers.

charlie303's picture
charlie303 (not verified) Missmarfac Apr 7, 2017 6:04 AM

The playing field has shifted. The hope of a Super Trump from the Nov 9 elections has faded after healthcare and tax reform failure.
Trump is complicit in agreeing to do what the Deep State are telling him.
His agenda is shifting while he struggles with the job.
Note I believe the system to be beyond repair and in a state of collapse so I don't lay any blame at Trump's feet for aligning himself with them, its just a BAD MOVE.

Vigilante's picture


Nah...I believe the deep state made a deal with Trump

'Let us run foreign policy and you can pursue your DOMESTIC agenda'

Pretty much what they did with Obummer btw

GUS100CORRINA's picture

To Everyone: What is it with the language?

Adullam's picture

FWIW - I'm with Gus on this one.

Implied Violins's picture


RAGE. IT's what happens when you read Fucking BULLshit like this that could END OUR WORLD and you've not slammed enough beers yet.

Adullam's picture

I prefer to control my anger rather than let anger control me. You make far better decisions and don't regret them after.

Lore's picture

...And if you think yourself 'cute' or 'clever' by quoting Kipling while the ZH community vents deep frustration over extremely negative news, don't act surprised if others call you out for being glib, pampered, insensitive, sanctimonious, and worthy of contempt.

Is-Be's picture

I lost the thread 

Nona Yobiznes's picture

That's (generally) good advice when it comes to anything except government. When the government screws you over, it is best we all get really angry, because in that state of mind we might actually do something about it.

Allow yourself to feel anger, truly feel it, and a whole world of possible reactions is within your reach. Sometimes, overthinking everything and trying to conform to societal pressures is the reason you are being oppressed. Sometimes drastic steps are necessary.

The American Revolution was not orchestrated by timid people.

wet_nurse's picture

'Cause when you're being nuked by Russia, worrying about fake bullshit like not swearing, seems idiotic. On the bright side, false hope is out the window I guess. We're all alone boys

ich1baN's picture

You know DrudgeReport linked a study a few months ago that showed people who curse are more honest than people who tend not to curse... on average... honesty is the best policy ;)

Yuefo's picture

Everyone should bookmark this and send the link far and wide.

combatsnoopy's picture
"John Kerry reveals Arab countries have offered to PAY America to carry out full-scale invasion of Syria"
Mine Is Bigger's picture

The fucks who reported the fake news must be so proud.

Still, how sad. News stories witout solid proof are now enough for launching missile attacks.



Missmarfac's picture

Yay Trump. He just enforced Obammie's 'Red Line.'

Lets Buy The Dip's picture

Yes, TRUMP at it again! Assad is screwed now.... check out the S&P Futures....  THEY ARE CRASHING!!! SHIT ==>

Here is a good way to profit from this if you trade stocks. ==>

The CNBC blog is tracking the reaction after President Donald Trump launches an attack on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

They are going to FIND ASSAD, and PHUCK him up for killing his own people. He is going to HELL!!!

Pinto Currency's picture

This Daily Mail article from 2013 was taken down in 2014:

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

If Gorsuch turns out to be a Roberts, we'll know we were had be complete pros and this entire election was about putting up a scapegoat to destroy capitalism and destroy the sovereignty of the US to get us under global control.