Trump Launches Airstrikes on Syria; Russia, Iran Warn of Consequences

Leslie Hanson
April 15, 2018

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

Syrian television reported that Syria's air defenses, which are substantial, have responded to the attack.

The U.S., Great Britain and France fired 105 missiles at three sites in Syria early Saturday morning local time, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the joint chiefs of staff, said Saturday at the Pentagon.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned the US-led attacks on Syria and said Washington and its allies would bear responsibility for the consequences in the region and beyond, state media said. "It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House. "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The Israeli statement came after the leader of Hizballah on April 13 called an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria that killed seven Iranians on April 9 a "historic mistake" that will lead to open conflict for the first time between the two Middle Eastern powers.

Syrians wave the national flag and portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather at the Umayyad Square in Damascus.

"Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said.

US, British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week.

Israel said on Friday that an Iranian drone shot down in February by its air force had been armed with explosives meant to carry out the first direct attack on Israeli territory by the Tehran regime. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area. Earlier this week Russian officials warned their forces in Syria would shoot down Western missiles and may even target the planes and ships launching them.

President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last week. "This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

Trump condemned Russian Federation and Iran for their ties to the regime, saying they are "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

Bucci believes the retaliation has the potential to force Assad to forgo the use of chemical weapons. They are crimes of a monster instead.

"Because the reality is, as the President said forthrightly to the American people, Russian Federation and Iran are part of the problem and they need to behave appropriately here".

"It was a heavy strike", Mattis said of the attack on Assad's chemical weapons facilities.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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