Donald Trump announces retaliatory airstrikes on SyriaDaily Mail
April 14, 2018
Donald Trump said on Friday evening he had ordered 'precision strikes' on Syria in retaliation for the suspected poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people on April 7.
'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.'
'The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons,' Trump said.
Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was under way and that they were prepared to sustain the response until Syria stopped its use of chemical weapons.
Trump said the three nations have 'marshaled their righteous power.'
President Donald Trump says he is 'prepared to sustain' strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops.
But Trump says America does not seek 'an indefinite presence' in Syria and will look to pull out its troops once the Islamic State is totally defeated.
Loud explosions have lit up skies over Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Associated Press.
As he concluded his remarks, the said he was asking for a 'prayer for our noble warriors'
Trump is also offering prayers for the Middle East and for the United States.
Trump also warned Russia and Iran about their association with the Syrian government.
Trump said: 'To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?'
Trump calls the two countries those 'most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime.'
Trump says: 'The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.'
He adds ominously: 'Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not.'
'This evening I have authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use.
'We are acting together with our American and French allies.
'In Douma, last Saturday a chemical weapons attack killed up to 75 people, including young children, in circumstances of pure horror.
'The fact of this attack should surprise no-one.
'The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way.
'And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack.
'This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we cannot allow the erosion of the international norm that prevents the use of these weapons.
'We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this.
'But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted. Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack.
'So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime.
'This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change.
'It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties.
'And while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian Regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.
'At this time, my thoughts are with our brave British servicemen and women - and our French and American partners - who are carrying out their duty with the greatest professionalism.
'The speed with which we are acting is essential in co-operating with our partners to alleviate further humanitarian suffering and to maintain the vital security of our operations.
'This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly.
'I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest.
'We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world.
'We would have preferred an alternative path. But on this occasion there is none.
'History teaches us that the international community must defend the global rules and standards that keep us all safe.
'That is what our country has always done. And what we will continue to do. '