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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Sabibaby's picture

Produced a porno with her in it, and the big "HC"

loves the truth's picture

They offered him a hair club for men life membership

fleur de lis's picture

Trump has not yet learned that he is being fed lies.

He is a pawn.

 

Jim in MN's picture

I hope he gets his fucking ass spanked on this one, and hard.

fleur de lis's picture

Ever since the Ruskies showed up in Syria and started cleaning out ISIS and bringing stability,  the DC psychos have been in a tizzy.

They needed a false flag to get the gullible Americans to use brute force and bring Syria back into chaos.

Trump stupidly took the bait.

What he does not realize is that he has exposed his Achilles Heel.

Now all the psychos have to do is show horrifying photos of carnage and Trump will react emotionally.

They drum and he dances.

 

 

 

 

dark_matter's picture

Here is the NY Times article justifying this BS:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/world/middleeast/syria-bashar-al-assa...

They got them a Curveball from Syria on this one.

 

 

HardAssets's picture

Paul Craig Roberts said from the beginning that Trump didn't know how government works and had few to none insiders behind him. The office of POTUS is isolated & the gatekeepers control what he sees.

Hell, we don't know who even gave the orders.

As for 'We The People' . . we're not even an afterthought.

Wulfkind's picture

Then if Trump is a pawn.....then you Trumptards just voted in the most worthless man ever into the Presidency.

Thanks.....assholes.

MAGA.   REPEAL AND REPLACE....LOCK HER UP!    BWAHAHAHAHAH !!!

chubbar's picture

Trump is a fucking moron who got manipulated into war by the deep state, period. I hope like hell he was smart enough to pick a target that was meaningless and doesn't have Russians around, otherwise those ships are definitely in harms way.

chubbar's picture

Also, they are pre-empting Tucker Carlson, dammit!

spyware-free's picture

Was watching that. He was schooling some idiot think tank neo-con. Now that idiot Shepard Smith is ejaculating from the mouth.

chubbar's picture

Carlson was actually asking whether it made sense that Assad would gas his own people and whether it was cynical to question it. The congressman didn't figure out the hint.

Matteo S.'s picture

Nobody manipulates Trump. Trump decided to do so. He chose to join the neocons' goals. This is no mystery if both Flynn and Bannon were fired from the NSC in 2 months.

It appears that all this 2016 presidential election was but a matter of pride and personal ambition. Trump wanted personal revenge after being publicly ridiculed by Obama in 2011.

He is as crooked as Clinton. Had people known what he would do as president, he would never have won the election.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Surely he has been drugged and/or mind control beamed.

small axe's picture

Donald the fucker went full moron...done with him

HardAssets's picture

If Trump actually was in the decision loop, the flip flop from wanting to ratchet down tensions to going full retard is astounding.

rubiconsolutions's picture

There's good news here: Donald Trump now qualifies for the Nobel Peace Prize. Winning!

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) balz Apr 6, 2017 9:35 PM

Oh...MCCain and Graham just jerking off all over themselves...

meditate_vigorously's picture

Remove Trump now. I voted for him. Apparently it did not matter who I voted for. The Jews and the MIC get their wars.

PhilofOz's picture

Trump you fucking CUNT!!! You've lost me in a flash!!!

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

This is not what I voted for!  Fuck Trump and the goddamned neocons!

Salzburg1756's picture

Dumocracy in action: what a fool.

Fascism, National Socialism are much better. But your warped views of history prevent you from seeing this.

What a disgrace!

Is-Be's picture

Woo hoo. Yes. 

National Socialism.

You brighten a dark day.

But softly, softly. The Volk are marinated in poison. After 100 years the poison loses its strength. Maybe 2045?

CoonT's picture

#TRUMPISHILLARY        Long Potassium Iodide tablets! 

DeepFriedLizards's picture

One sends a warning to both it's citizens and other countries before getting serious.  This is a pinprick.

 

Nice of Trump to remind us to get our preps in order.  

 

 

 

ReasonForLife's picture

He had us fooled that f*cken globalist faker.  Murdering and attacking other nations without declaration of war.  POS Traitor to every true patrior and the US Constitution he so promised to uphold!  Fool Me once!...

soyungato's picture

Lets call a spade a spade -- FUCK YOU ISRAEL ! 

post turtle saver's picture

"The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution."

lol oh Rand, you funny guy... where have you been hiding all these decades? that ship sailed in 1973 with the War Powers Resolution and Congressional authority has been watered down further ever since... sure the Dems could try to complain but they let Clinton get away with the Kosovo bombing campaign so there's no room to talk... not to mention everything both parties have backed before or since...

you can _bitch_ about it being unconstitutional or you can round up what's necessary to fight the fight in court... bitching is easy so I know what to expect... just more ankle biting bitching, no results...

unsafe-space-time's picture

Making hope and change you can believe in again. Need to check the nuclear target map again.

Lies All Lies's picture

But...but... I thought He was the ZH fight club  saviour...

 

No? 

 

What changed?

 

 

Mementoil's picture

I think any US involvement in Syria is a bad idea.
However - this missile attack may prove as an appropriate response, one that delivers a message and yet does not involve boots on the ground.
This may be Trump's way of avoiding a direct conflict.
At least, I hope it is.

Lets Buy The Dip's picture

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assad is an asshole....doing this, how does he keep getting away with it. 

Lies All Lies's picture

TWITTER TWITTER TWITTER TWITTER TWITTER TWIT....

Why doesn't  Assad get on Twitter? (almost never see him stating his case anywhere.) 

Why doesn't Putin get on Twitter? (states his case from time to time but pretty droll & laid back) 

I[d love to see Trump, Assad, Putin going twit to twit.  AWESOME!! Better a war of words than missiles.

(is there any money in that?. Oh well...)

 

 

 

Matteo S.'s picture

The masks are off. You had fake elections once again in 2016. This time, SHitlery was defeated by SHitlerald.

Wulfkind's picture

Bwahahahahaha !!!!

I got downvoted just a few days ago when amongst other things I said LYIN Trump was a warmonger like Hitlery.

NOW YOU ALL KNOW IT !

REPEAL AND REPLACE....LIE!

TAX REFORM....LIE!

JAIL HITLERY.....LIE!

DRAIN THE SWAMP....LIE

AUDIT THE FED.....LIE

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.....LIE !!!!!

 

FROM LYIN' TED TO LYIN' TRUMP. !!!

leftcoastfool's picture

He's just trying to get a Nobel Peace Prize like they gave to the magic negro...

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

FUCK YOU TRUMP YOU NEOCON PIECE OF SHIT

GET FUCKING CANCER AND DIE YOU FUCKING EVIL SHIT

XOFnews's picture

BREAKING NEWS - IVANKA TRUMP SWORN IN AS VICE PRESIDENT

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

FUCK YOU TRUMP....

and your jewish masters

Giant Meteor's picture

Yes, just saw the announcement .. All of this is extremely familiar ..

Wag the fucking dog,

Little Marko, "this isn't to send a message, this is strategic"

"The Russian, have put themselves in harms way" - in other words, oh well , collateral damage ..

The Russians have no standing in this ...

Holy Fucking Shit ...

Citxmech's picture

If voting matterd, we wouldn't be allowed to do it.

...and anybody with family can be controlled.  

 

Anybody.

Jein's picture

Is it an appropriate time to get our panties in a twist yet?

Giant Meteor's picture

Absolutely, good call, I print retraction on your panties ;) Look, all kidding aside, this is just more fucked up shit. This is groundhog day again. Putin is not a madman, so there is that ...

This shit goes on and on and on , until it doesn't. BTW, my point, no matter who, what, where, when, I  must keep wits .. and try as much as humanly possible, to leave emotional reaction out of the equation.

This sucks, does not bode well for continued humanity, however it was highly predictable. My previous comments regarding increasing regular saber rattling and mentions of false flag operations to come, to provide further cover of the larger issues, games afoot were well covered. Many have been speaking about this, for some time.

Note, the "Russian" hacking elections meme, criminal deep state conduct, and many other things are suddenly, magically removed off the front page. As that other great patriot, G. Dubya once mentioned, mission accomplished ..

 

 

ich1baN's picture

That was actually my first or 2nd thought... that this removes all illusion of Trump colluding with Russia, a wet dream of the leftists... now imo Trump can attack the Deep State with perhaps even greater appeal to the wider public now that this whole BS w/ Trump and Putin working together out of the way.

Giant Meteor's picture

No downvote by me, as I generally do not downvote. I will say however, by definition, Trump is head ring leader of "the deep state." McCain and Linseed certainly are active participants, and Trump just made their day, accept of course they want him to go further, much further. Is there any realistic possibility that Trump can or would self correct? I don't know, but I would tend to doubt it. 

Trump has reacted emotionally, which no secret, his is prone to do.

The trouble of course, once again, emotionalism and evil triumph's, as opposed to say, cool heads, and what used to be described as quiet diplomacy. The war drums have been beating for some time, and I do believe in the larger context, all meant to obfuscate the obvious. The obvious being the world has been massively destabilized, with "kinetic actions" and conflicts, and of course economically, is massively on the ropes.

Yes, they were actually using that terminology again. Kinectic action ..

Point being, now things either escalate, or the US once again looks weak and feckless in the face of Russia, China, N. Korea , and all other real and imagined enemies of Uncle sham ..

My guess is it will be escalate .. If not immediately, over the long haul, as things continue to fall apart bit by bit ..

 

Is-Be's picture

All new to Power start off like this. All hung ho. And then the feedback isn't what they anticipated and it knocks the wind out of their sails

"In much wisdom is their much sorrow, and in much sorrow, much wisdom." Ecclesiasticies.

Oh. Donny baby. You are going to get yours, you poor Patsy

 

ich1baN's picture

I think a more balanced approach is to realize that Trump has probably the best cabinet we've ever seen so if they felt the strike was necessary I'm sure there was decent evidence. We can't all pretend like Assad is an angel, it is possible that he did perpetrate chemical attacks on his people; and at the same time I don't side with the rebel groups either, they're is no such thing as a moderate rebel. It's a messy situation in an F'ed up part of the world. However, what I do know is that a few cruise missiles on a military installation is just a red line drawn for fatboy and Assad... it really isn't nearly as bad as most ZHers are emotionally reacting to.

Bastiat's picture

Bullshit - did Congress declare war? Was the US attacked? Was there even a lame ass UN authorization?  Trump is a war criminal and just violated, explicitly, his oath of office. He is also a puppet and tool of the deep state which took over  in 1963.  Appropriate that a tornado hit DC today.

11b40's picture

The lunacy begins!