US News Trump says ordered precision strikes against Syria chemical weapons capabilities

05:15  14 april  2018
05:15  14 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Syria: Russia warns of 'repercussions' to US action

  Syria: Russia warns of 'repercussions' to US action Russia has warned the US of "grave repercussions" if it strikes the Syrian regime over a suspected chemical weapons attack. After Donald Trump revealed he will make "major decisions" over the next 24 to 48 hours on a response to a "barbaric" and "heinous" attack, the US President was alerted to a possible Russian reaction to military action.At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, Russia's envoy Vassily Nebenzia insisted there was "no chemical weapons attack", despite reports 70 people were killed and 500 injured in the city of Douma on Saturday.

Defying Russian warnings against U.S. military strikes in Syria , President Donald Trump said Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” in response to Syria ’s suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people.

President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. The Sharyrat Airfield is the suspected target of the cruise missiles. (Photo: Pentagon).

US President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation on the situation in Syria. © Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo US President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation on the situation in Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last week.

Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was underway and that they were prepared to sustain the response until Syria stopped its use of chemical weapons.

"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 televised address from the White House.

"These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead," Trump said referring to Assad and his role in the chemical weapons attacks.

As he spoke, explosions were heard in Damascus.

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

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May accused of 'flagrant disregard' over Syria strikes .
Theresa May has been accused of displaying a "flagrant disregard" for Parliament over the Syria airstrikes during a second day of debate sparked by Britain's role in the military action. The Prime Minister defended her decision not to get the approval of MPs before joining the US and France in targeting Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons facilities at the weekend.She said doing so would have compromised the "effectiveness of our operations and safety of British servicemen and women".

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