Trump Orders Military Strikes On Syria: 3 Waves Of Airstrikes Launched

Summary:

  • Around 9pm ET on Friday, April 13, the US, UK and France launched attack on Syrian regime targets
  • Strikes targeted regime bases and chemical weapon production facilities in Damascus and Homs
  • The Strikes consisted of 3 waves of attacks and are now complete
  • Russia was not pre-notified about tonight's "kinetic activity"
  • Double the number of weapons was used compared to last year's Syria strike, when 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched.
  • Regime and Russia condemn what they call a 'flagrant violation', but have not retaliated so far.
     

 

Update 7:  Russia responds. Here is the full statement posted by Russia's ambassador to the US, Anataoly Antonov:

 

The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.

A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.

The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.

Update 6: The White House has released the list of US demands from Assad regime  

  • Dismantle the chemical weapons program
  • Declare the weapons  
  • Destroy the stockpile
  • Allow OPCW fact-finding mission
  • Comply with the de-escalation zone

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Update 5: Video showing the moment a tomahawk missile hits a research facility in Syria:

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Update 4:  Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford said that while the strikes sought to minimize risk of Russian casualties, the US did not pre-notify Russia of the Syria strikes; separately Mattis said that double the number of weapons used compared to last year's Syria strike - when 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched.

More from Dunford:

  • "We did have some surface-to-air missile activity from the Syrian regime."
  • "The US did not pre-notify Russian forces in Syria about tonight's kinetic activity."
  • "Russia was alerted of Syria strikes through "deconfliction" line in Qatar"
  • "U.S. forces in Syria did make adjustments to force protection levels ahead of the combined air operations against the Syrian regime."
  • "This wave of airstrikes is over. More information will follow in the morning."
  • "Manned aircraft involved in Syria operation"
  • "Pentagon will brief tomorrow will more strike details"

And Mattis:

  • "We used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year...We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time, it was a heavy strike."
  • "I am confident the Syrian regime conducted a chemical attack on innocent people."
  • "Right now we have no more attacks planned"

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Update 3: at 10PM ET, Defense Secretary Mattis and Joseph Dunford, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff provided the Pentagon's update, repeating that U.S., British and and French forces struck Syrias chemical weapons infrastructure tonight. Mattis said that "Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time, our allies and we have struck harder."

Mattis adds that "I want to emphasize these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime. In conducting these strikes, we have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties."

Then, Dunford said that the first target was a Syrian research facility, and adds that the US selected targets that would minimize risk to innocent civilians. He adds that attacks on multiple sites of Syria chemical weapons infrastructure "inflicted maximum damage."

In total, Targets were specially associated with the Syrian regime's CW program. These included:

  • Scientific research center in the greater #Damascus area.
  • Chemical weapons storage facility west of #Homs.
  • Chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post west of #Homs.

The third target, which was in the vicinity of the second target, contained both the chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post."

Meanwhile, the White House said that the US is confident the Syrian regime was behind the chemical weapons attack, based on:

  • media sources
  • victims’ symptoms
  • videos
  • “reliable information indicating coordination between Syrian military officials before the attack.”

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Update 2: Witnesses are reporting explosions heard in Damascus, including residential areas, although the first wave of US, UK and French attacks is allegedly targeting the following:

  • Republican Guard headquarters
  • Military airbases
  • Chemical weapon production sites

Meanwhile, Reuters adds that a total of three scientific research centers struck in the attack.

According to media reports in addition to American ships, Tomahawk missiles and aircraft - including B-1 bombers, leading the attacks, four British Tornado GR4s have targeted a military facility in Homs with Storm Shadow missiles.

While unconfirmed, Syria state TV claims that it shot down 13 missiles near Damascus.

 

More details:

Pentagon: There will be a press briefing at 10 p.m. EDT, tonight, April 13, in the Pentagon Briefing Room on operations in Syria.

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Update 1: President Trump has now confirmed that in a combined operation with France and UK, a military strike is now under way against Syria...

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad.”

“This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.”

“These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.”

“The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power, military, economic, and diplomatic.”

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

“In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

 “Assad’s recent attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise. Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.”

“The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”

“Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria.”

Theresa May has commented:

  • *MAY: AUTHORISED FORCES TO CONDUCT TARGETED STRIKES IN SYRIA

  • *MAY: WE ARE ACTING TOGETHER WITH OUR AMERICAN & FRENCH ALLIES

  • *U.K.'S MAY SAYS STRIKE IS LIMITED, TARGETED

  • *MAY: SYRIA'S PERSISTENT PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR MUST BE STOPPED

  • *MAY: ATTACKS `NOT ABOUT REGIME CHANGE' IN SYRIA

  • *MAY: CAN'T ALLOW CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO BECOME NORMALISED

Mr. Trump has threatened military action against Syria for days as retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad on a Damascus suburb last week.

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With two Tomahawk-capable destroyers in The Mediterranean Sea, and following "highly confident" intel that Syria launched the chemical attack, NYTimes reports that President Trump is expected to make a statement about Syria on Friday evening at the White House, an administration official said.

Additionally,  Gateway Pundit's Josh Caplan reports that Vice President Mike Pence was seen "'rushing back" to his hotel in Peru amid speculation about possible U.S. military action in Syria.

FOX News reports that President Trump has approved military strikes on Syria and is set to announce them within 30 minutes.

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Comments

spyware-free Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:02 Permalink

What a Scam. You can bet the crime scene will be a target. Fuck this globalist shit.

edit: So, Mattis and Dunford just admitted they worked with Russia over the de-confliction line and coordinated targets to avoid hitting them. Also, the assigned targets hit and operation over as of tonight. This is a redux of last year with a few more missiles.

Billy the Poet johngaltfla Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:07 Permalink

The Deep State has crushed Trump.

Don't regret rejecting Hillary in November 2016. If she had taken this step (and she would have taken it much sooner) it would have been seen as nothing more than business as usual. Here we have evidence that the President does not lead America.

If we survive this stupidity the next step will be ours -- to accept or reject the police state which tolerates no deviation from its wicked plans.

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BaBaBouy Deathrips Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

On FRIDAY the 13th, Orange starts a Woar ...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/may/21/trump-joins-cerem…

Here We FUCKING GO ???

Russian Navy chief threatens US warship near Syria with TORPEDO ATTACK: 'We have no fear'

A US destroyer warship poised to strike the Syrian government with Tomahawk missiles could be sunk by torpedoes, a Russian Navy admiral has warned.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/695876/ww3-news-syria-war-r…

Brits are nervous ...

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https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/689384/Russia-Nuclear-War-…

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  • In the dystopian vision researchers simulated a nuke exploding in Washington
  • An entire city block was obliterated instantly and buildings blasted for a mile
  • Researchers found people who did nothing were most likely to die with nearly 280,000 people killed in just 48 hours 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5612939/Terrifying-simul…

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Bes JimmyJones Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:17 Permalink

Fuck!

I hate being fucking right!

Keep circling those wagons Trumptards.

Keep circling. 

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p.s. Deep State my ass,

Trump loves the MIC

and the fake war against the deep state was so you would get their biggest and most willing puppet elected, and you fell for it.

Billy et al. you fell for bullshit propaganda in the form of tough tweets and a couple of slogans: #maga and Drain the Swamp!

full fucking stop. 

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strannick Mr. Universe Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:33 Permalink

America ruins the world to rule it.

Evil America believes if you tell a loud lie about why you did wrong..it makes it right.

Trump tries to get out of Syria and Meullers Gestapo raids his lawyers office to get him to toe the line. Real old school Nazi shit. Tho its nice seeing weasel Comeys schoolboy costume get torched to reveal the lying deep state shill within.

God bless Putin. God bless Russia. God help Syria.

 

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Zero_Ledge strannick Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:43 Permalink

Trump gave the enemy two full days of warnings of an attack, even specifying the type of attack. Aiding the enemy is the definition of treason. Execute Trump for treason, now.

Don't believe me?  Consider if a general had made the statement: "Get ready, Russia! Missiles are coming."

Fuck this guy and all you fucking assholes who support him.

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Manthong beepbop Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

..maybe  a baby formula factory, some deserted terrorist tents or a minimally manned airfield…

..a few hundred million dollars’ worth of Tomahawks is a rounding error in the bloated defense budget

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JSBach1 strannick Fri, 04/13/2018 - 22:53 Permalink

The sheer arrogance of each successive US administration is both boundless and ever more breathtaking...all directed by Bibi while hiding in the shadows so that idiot western governments take the brunt of responsibility.

People must rise-up against this unprecedented level of hubris and reckless abandonment! Otherwise we will be left with a smoldering landscape we once called home.

Traitors ALL of them! We are in an existential struggle against our own institutions! Let to their own devices they will be the ruin of all of us.

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Slack Jack JSBach1 Fri, 04/13/2018 - 22:56 Permalink

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There are no ancient Jewish cities in Israel,...
but there are lots of ancient Greek cities.

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, it seems that there were no people even resembling Jews, in Israel.

It turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single ancient city where Hebrew characters are used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single ancient city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

Of course, the Hebrew characters that are desired, are those of the Dead Sea scrolls (supposedly from 2000 years ago), which are essentially the modern Hebrew characters without points.

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel from 2000 years ago, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Caesarea, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,....... well there aren't any. Not even one.

Here's an interesting example of a first century BC Greek inscription (i.e., in Greek letters) from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of strangers to the Temple precinct.

http://www.preearth.net/images/no-foreigner-shall-enter.jpg

The pictured stone was found in 1935. It was actually the second such warning-stone to be found, the first being discovered by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau in 1871. It was deemed so dangerous to the "Jews inhabited Israel 2000 years ago" theory, that it completely disappeared for 13 years before resurfacing in Istanbul, where, it was correctly calculated, it would not attract much attention.

From: https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-temple-mount-warning-stone-is-clo…

The first Jerusalem Temple Mount warning-stone, now found in the Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, is pictured below:

http://preearth.net/images/jerusalem-temple-warning-at-istanbul.jpg

It says (in Greek): "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."

Slack Jack's CHALLENGE:

Name ONE ancient city (that existed in what is now called Israel) where the building inscriptions are all in Hebrew, and the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (whatever that may be).

Then give a summary of "the ancient Hebrew architectural style" (you will have to make this up as it does not yet exist).

Then give links to photos of the ancient building inscriptions which show that they are written in Hebrew.

Then show that the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (that you have just invented).

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1175

It's been months now and still no one is up to the challenge.

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Slack Jack Jim in MN Fri, 04/13/2018 - 23:12 Permalink

This latest chemical attack in Syria is yet another FALSE FLAG.

Just like all the previous chemical attacks in Syria were FALSE FLAG events.

Just like the Skripal "chemical attack" in Britain was a FALSE FLAG event.

Trump is a Jew (so are Macron and Theresa May, by the way).

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=630
http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf

It seems the Jews want war,.... yet again.

If Putin does not respond, with force, to force,....

We can only conclude that Putin is a Jew too; Putin the new Hitler.

If you wish to see how real wars are conducted, read:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

http://www.preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1174

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

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giovanni_f Slack Jack Fri, 04/13/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

I got used to the fact that the US has been the air support unit of ISIS and Al Quaida in Syria.

I still have to wrap my mind around that reverse logic in the US' statement that it had decided to bomb Syria in order to make Syria allow for a fact finding mission whose outcome might have given at least a semblance of "legitimacy" to the attacks in the first place.

I am sure that that brillance-and-intelligence-exuding blonde "spokesperson" will soon explain all these things to the world community in her usual informative manner.

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Slack Jack giovanni_f Fri, 04/13/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.

HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY SEEN VIDEO OF THE DAMAGE THAT THESE MISSILES CAUSED?

The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with)."

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 00:28 Permalink

SirBarksAlot "Putin is a Jew. His mother was Jewish."

I have found a lot of articles about Putin and Jews, in particular, about Putin and the Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Berel Lazar. They seem to be close friends.

I like Putin,... he makes more sense than the Trump moron.

Yesterday, (following someones comment) I did a search on John Bolton and I came across the same Chabad Lubavitch group:

I found these pictures of John Bolton and a bunch of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis:

http://www.chabadneworleans.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/341776/jew…

Interesting eh?

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Slack Jack HowdyDoody Sat, 04/14/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR, is it all massively coordinated false news.

HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY SEEN VIDEO OF THE DAMAGE THAT THESE MISSILES CAUSED?

The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

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nmewn HowdyDoody Sat, 04/14/2018 - 07:29 Permalink

"Russian MOD says Syria shot down 71 out of 103 cruise missiles."

That's some pretty fast BDA...lol.

Hey! How much you wanna bet it was St.Pooty himself riding on the back of his war eagle (shirtless, of course) pickin em off with a slingshot?! ;-)

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No?...lol. Ok then, how about this.

What if...this is not really about Assad per se and whether or not he gassed his own people and I fall into the camp that is dubious that he did simply because he is on the verge of winning the civil war.

What if instead, this is really about Hezbollah and Iran.

What if it was Hezbollah (an Iranian proxy) that did it (or faked it, doesn't matter) to draw the US & Russia into a wider conflict as the US moves ever closer to nixing Obama's nuke deal with Iran? 

Lets not forget that Project Cassandra (which was tracking Hezbollah funding) was quashed in the interests of Obama trying to sell that "deal" to the public and that detestable little pig (Bruce Ohr) was running that operation as the head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Motive and opportunity.

Assad didn't really have the motive at this point in the war, Iran and Hezbollah had the motive and opportunity to escalate. 

But as with all things in the shithole that is the ME, everything is not as it appears, throwing it out there...what say the denizens of ZH?

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E5 nmewn Sat, 04/14/2018 - 08:35 Permalink

...Funny you would think it okay to further the superior image of Putin.  It warms my heart to know you find him worthy of such imagery.  /sarc

 

I respect him as a very effective leader.  Our dark state seems to be characterized by ineptitude and blowback in the name of weapon sales.  We just handed Russia a huge weapons contract that I can assure you will already have been stored on site and just needed the keys handed over.

 

No news is perfect, but it sure seems like the 71 out of 103 source got the first cruise missile attack right.... little damage.

 

All response will be asymmetric until they detonate nukes to take out enough of our government to cause states to stop recognizing the federal state.

 

In the end, we the winners of the US Civil War II will ask for Putin's help.

 

 

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nmewn E5 Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

"Funny you would think it okay to further the superior image of Putin."

lol...well, it is just an "image"...public relations...propaganda...and amateurish at that. I'm just mocking the infantile nature of it, only a drunken Russian sycophant with an extreme man-crush actually believes Putin rastles tigers. 

I just think its interesting that Syria has chemical weapon labs to target ;-)

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Hudis Muffakah anarchitect Sat, 04/14/2018 - 17:55 Permalink

Seeing how easily Dr. Paul was marginalized out of the picture by the Republican establishment, and then watching the ENTIRE establishment -- Democrat and Republican alike -- align against Trump, who then goes on to "win" the election, sure makes it look like a grand fuckover was the goal all along. Hitlery knew how it was going down and put on a good show, knowing that she was physically incapable for the job, but would be moving the chains from the sidelines just the same. This iteration of the Hegelian dialectic will be completed in the next presidential election, once Trump has served his purpose of advancing the Yinon Plan, stabbing his supporters in the back, and ginning up enough righteous anger among his detractors and those on the fence, to enable a demon even worse than Hitlery to waltz into the Oval Orifice in 2020. 

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