US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced a joint attack on Syria along with its allies Britain and France. The operation was to target the 'criminal' regime of Bashar al-Assad and saying an alleged chemical attack had marked a 'significant escalation'.
"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," Trump said in a primetime televised address to the nation.
"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime."
# Donald Trump thanks France and UK, and tweets Mission Accomplished. He wrote, "A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!"
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
# Syria rebels say Western air strikes a 'farce' as long as Assad stays
# Russian military says Syrian air defence systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles
# Military action in Syria was 'right and legal': British PM May
# Germany backs 'necessary and appropriate military intervention' in Syria: Merkel
# Russia calls emergency session of UN Security Council over Syria strikes: Kremlin
# UK strikes in Syria appear 'highly successful': UK minister
# Iran's Khamenei slams 'criminals' Trump, Macron, May after Syria strikes
# France wants to relaunch Syria political process 'right now': minister
# US-led strikes on Syria 'justified': Israeli official
# Over 100 missiles fired at Syria, 'significant number' intercepted: Russian defence ministry
# Iran warns of 'regional consequences' of Syria strikes
# Strikes on Syria did not hit areas near Russian bases: Moscow
# In a statement released by NATO chief, they have shown support to Syrian strikes.
# Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow
# We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris, says Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the US
# Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria
# 'Insulting' Putin is 'unacceptable': Russian embassy to US
# Syria says joint attack 'flagrant violation,' 'doomed to fail'
# The worst apprehensions have come true. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences: Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to US, on the strikes on Syria
# US Defense Secretary James Mattis says, 'No additional attacks planned in Syria'. He further said there are no reports of any loss from US in the operation.
#BREAKING No reports of US losses in Syria operation: Mattis— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 14, 2018
# Macron says 'cannot tolerate normalisation of chemical weapons' in Syria
# France's Macron says Syria strikes target 'regime chemical weapons capacity'
Map of Syria showing the overall military situation, with airports and key installations pic.twitter.com/YdXDQHTKww— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 14, 2018