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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swmnguy's picture

Gorsuch is just a corporate hack who believes the true purpose of the government in general and the judiciary in particular is to assist the powerful in their looting of the powerless.

crossroaddemon's picture

Of course he's Roberts. you don't think somebody who doesn't work forthe deep state is going to get past the senate, do you? GIVE UP already. Jesus.

Billy the Poet's picture

Looking for clear guidance here. What does giving up entail? What are the specific methods and goals?

Victor999's picture

Hate to break this to you, but the US is alreeady under globalist control and has been for years - indeed it is the capital of globalist power.  Where the fuck have you been?

Lumberjack's picture

Still Trump supporter

Former Trump Supporter

Vote now

CheapBastard's picture

as bad as this is, he's still better then cankles.

Billy the Poet's picture

I doubt that the Purple Revolution will strike its colors based on Trump's compliance with the neocon agenda in Syria. If they gain traction and violence erupts I expect to put my efforts behind a "third way" sooner rather than later. The phase in which I would have joined in support of the President against unconstitutional overthrow will likely be passed over as a now unnecessary step.

loves the truth's picture

100 years since Bolshevik revolution.
The final push for Jew world chaos?

Alok's picture

Exactly ... Trump turned into a Hillary bitch

 

"Hillary Clinton calls for destruction of Syrian Air Force"

 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-hillary-clinton-calls-dest...

FreedomGuy's picture

He's not the new Hillary or old GWB or anything. He's not neocon, pro or anti-Israel. We know for sure he is not a Russian hack, now. He's will not fit in any particular box you want to put him in. That is where both Left and Right have erred. The Left wrote Satan onto his rather blank tablet and the Right wrote Savior on it. He is neither.

Trump is what I have asserted all along. He is a wild card. He has no particular ideology in politics, economics or world affairs. All he has is in-the-moment thinking. He is ADHD and alpha male.

If you are disappointed, astounded or anything of the sort you are living in a fantasy. This is a guy who has spent roughly half his life as both Democrat and Republican, who believes in smaller government but favors single payer healthcare and on and on.

I opted for him for one reason only; I hated Hillary and the slow but purposeful creep to an autocratic state. I liked drawing a new card from the deck without knowing what it was. Any card was better than Hillary, even Bernie, in a way. Trump is any one of the other 51 cards in the deck subject to change.

No one, including Trump probably knows what he will do next. That is not all bad but it is risky.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

It's gonna be a great, big, beautiful war!

LetThemEatRand's picture

MSM will be on his side now.  Just watch.  No impeachment.

07564111's picture

yep the orangeutan is now their BFF forever

TungstenBars's picture

I bet.

 

I wish the Russians destroyed those ships to teach Washington a lesson but that's exactly what they want. 

 

L Bean's picture

They already are. MSNBC is all smirks and thinly concealed glee. That Adam Schiff fucker was somehow in the building ready to be interviewed RIGHT AWAY, and claimed that he had been told about the strikes even earlier.

dark_matter's picture

Unfortunately line of succession is:

1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)

2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)

3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)

4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)

5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)

6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)

7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)

8 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R)

9 Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (R)

10 Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (R)

11 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (R)

12 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (R)

13 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (R)

14 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I)

15 Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly (I)

You'd have to keep impeaching until you got to Ben Carson (maybe) before anyone wouldn't do that same thing.

Is-Be's picture

Will the Praetorian guard hoist Bannon onto their shoulders?

Or is the fruit not ready to fall yet? 

Timing is everything.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

I'm betting Bannon was totally against this and was shit-canned because of it.

 

OverTheHedge's picture

That really is an excellent list. Start at the top, and work your way down. Impeachment sounds like a lengthy process - is there a quicker, more permanent way to achieve the same result?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

is there a quicker, more permanent way to achieve the same result?

Why yes, yes there is...

https://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6841/40899957.54/0_86ebf_58f46be2_XXXL

OverTheHedge's picture

Well played Sir. It certainly looks likethe only way to be sure.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Wondering who the designated survivor is...

NugginFuts's picture

To be fair, Obama dropped12k bombs on Syria just last year

onewayticket2's picture

You mean the Nobel Peace Prize winner?

johngaltfla's picture

Trump is such a dumbass. He fell for it like Clinton does for big titted 23 year old interns. Man is our future fucked now. Russia will activate their S-400's and promise to shoot down any US aircraft now over Syria.

Just fucking stupid as hell.

Blankone's picture

What? Why didn't Putin have the S-400 online so he could shoot down these missiles? What an idiot. Were they still under tarps or something?

chubbar's picture

Can the S400 shoot down cruise missiles? They fly pretty low, just wondering.

tmosley's picture

Suspect that he didn't expect such a massive betrayal over an obvious false flag. Prior to this story, I had put the probability of such a move at well under 1%. I'm going to have to re-examine my entire fucking worldview based on this massive error. I can't even wrap my head around what would cause him to do something like this.

Current possibilities I am thinking of are: 1. someone got to him. Perhaps Barron is in a cellar somewhere having his teeth ripped out or some similar horriffic blackmail.

2. He is making a play to assert dominance over the deep state, perhaps to enact a pro-American agenda, or perhaps to cement himself as a dictator. Maybe some other reason.

Everything else I can think of seems extremely unlikely. I just can't believe that he would be so stupid as to fall for this.

Blankone's picture

If Putin did not have his systems ready for this what does that tell you? He is no chess player and is an idiot. Complete idiot.

To answer the previous question. Yes, the S400 is said to be able to counter the cruise missiles. But maybe they simply are NOT really effective. Take note that Israel has been able to bomb Damascus and not worry about the S400 or the S300 (under Syrian control).

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

You need to Ukraine. There is now a celebration of your fellow human beings.

mc888's picture

Gotta go with the Ded Onion crowd on this one. Just look at the target selection - its the same base those fighters launched from that allegedly shot down the Israeli jets. Opens up the region nicely.

johngaltfla's picture

S-400's are not designed for low and slow. Specifically for our fighters and bombers.

And by the way my Gold stocks thank you President Cheetos.

Blankone's picture

I am not very knowledgeable of it but others have previously claimed the S400 was intended for cruise missiles also.

I did a brief search about it and found a video that claimed the missiles such as the Tomahawk was one of the design target of the S-400. In addition to bombers/fighters.

From wiki:

Types of targets:[84][85][86]

Strategic bombers such as the B-1, B-2,[87] FB-111 and B-52H
Electronic warfare airplanes such as the EF-111A and EA-6
Reconnaissance airplanes such as the TR-1
Early-warning radar airplanes such as the E-3A and E-2C
Fighter airplanes such as the F-15, F-16, F-35[88] and F-22
Strategic cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk
Ballistic missiles (range up to 3,500 km)[59]

FreedomGuy's picture

They are likely reluctant to commit them, if they fail then everyone, including the USA may learn their weaknesses.

stinkhammer's picture

Donny was a good bowler, and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors, and bowling, and as a surfer he explored the beaches of Southern California from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and up to Pismo. He died, he died as so many young men of his generation, before his time. In your wisdom Lord you took him. As you took so many bright, flowering young men, at Khe San, at Lan Doc and Hill 364. These young men gave their lives. And so did Donny too. Donny who loved bowling. Donny sold out to the Cuck, neocons and the rest of the swamp.  

 

just fucking great.

manofthenorth's picture

NOT FUCKING WINNING DONNIE !!

blown income's picture

Fuck! !!  these mother fuckers gonna kill us all!!!!

Citxmech's picture

This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it. . . 

spyware-free's picture

Shit is officially out of hand. No going back now.

blown income's picture

Fuck! !!  these mother fuckers gonna kill us all!!!!

Implied Violins's picture

That was always the plan. Now we get to watch it unfold.

Just for the record: I DO NOT CONSENT. FUCK YOU TRUMP

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Aaaaaaaand we're off. This is fucked up.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Looks like they had something on Trump after all

Jim in MN's picture

The Israelis must have planted a mini-nuke in Ivanka.

Or something similar.