Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Donald Trump confirms 'precision strikes' on Syria

Donald Trump confirms 'precision strikes' on Syria

Reaction split mostly along party lines to President Donald Trump's announcement that the US had launched a "precision strike" on Syria Friday night in response to an alleged reported chemical weapons attack last weekend.

The U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range of Syria as President Donald Trump and his national security aides mulled the scope and timing of an expected military assault in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack.

Both SAMS and the Syrian Civil Defense are calling on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate what they refer to as a "heinous chemical attack".

"The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air", he said.

The attack began at 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) with missiles hitting the eastern suburbs of Damascus, shaking the grounds from a distance.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

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A vehicle with loudspeakers blaring the national song "Oh Syria, You Are My Love" could be heard driving through central Damascus amid the attack. Another witness told the news agency the Barzah district of the city - the location of a major scientific research center - has been rocked by the strikes.

Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of worldwide law and shows contempt for global legitimacy". He also said there were "no reports of losses" on the part of the US and its allies.

Priest said the new version excludes several critical provisions that would have benefited the US had it not withdrawn from the agreement past year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons. "But on this occasion there is none", May said.

Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war in 2015 and has backed the Assad regime.

"Russia must fulfilL its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council and not obstruct UNSC responses to the use of chemical weapons in Syria".

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Despite his many unforced errors, misstatements, allegations of past and present improprieties, and extraordinary staff turnover, President Trump is achieving economic and political victories.

Discussions with France and Britain were focused not on whether to strike, but how to do so in a way that went beyond "punishing" the Assad regime for the attack and instead would degrade its ability to use chemical weapons in the future, according to two Western diplomats with knowledge of the discussions. Last April, he ordered the strike of almost 60 Tomahawk missiles that destroyed a Syrian air base. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the reports of Saturday's chemical attack "fake news", while the Russian military investigating the area found no traces of chlorine or nerve agents, any eyewitnesses who could confirm their use or anyone who might have been affected.

In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria.

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

Less than a month ago, Trump said he wanted to bring U.S troops home from Syria.

Marking one of the amazingly few times Mr.Trump has told the truth, he made good on the trade threats he made as a candidate and, knowing the risks of alienating major agricultural trade partners, farmers overwhelmingly supported a candidate they knew could further worsen an already hard agriculture economy.

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