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President Trump announces strikes on Syria

President Trump announces strikes on Syria

President Trump announces strikes on Syria

President Donald Trump said he launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", he said in a televised address from the White House.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the three targets were a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

Macron said the attack had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Mr Trump's second order to attack Syria.

The investigators, who are mandated to determine only if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said.

The attack came on the eve of a planned visit by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the site of Saturday's chemical weapons attacks.

Trump blamed Iran and Russian Federation for their support of the Assad regime, saying Moscow has failed to live up to its guarantee to make sure the Syrian government got rid of its chemical weapons.

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the USA military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them".

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children, he said".

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

He said the U.S. would be a "partner and a friend" to the Middle East but the fate of the region lay in the hands of its own people.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said worldwide relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Trump's tweets. The sky looked orange over eastern Damascus apparently as a result of fires caused by the missiles hitting Syria. Trump's personal attack on Putin in the wake of the chemical attack comes as the latest in what Moscow sees as a string of provocations.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances".

The US, UK and France had announced they had reached their own conclusion that it the Syrian regime was responsible, an accusation denied by Damascus and Russian Federation, which claimed on Friday the attack had been staged by British intelligence.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May released statements. First was the worldwide condemnation and embassy drawdowns which followed the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Trump announced Friday that the U.S.is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the President called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. The former official spoke on condition of anonymity, lacking authorization to speak publicly about planning.

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on Syria". The White House, however, quickly signaled a USA withdrawal is not imminent.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the other hand, applauded the president and called for a "comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region". That was the first direct American assault on Assad's forces since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011. We have to make some further decisions.

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