President Donald Trump said he launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Trump said the missile strikes, which were focused on chemical weapons sites, would be carried out in coordination with France and the U.K. and he made clear that the U.S. is prepared to sustain the strikes until Syria stops using chemical weapons.
“The purpose 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. “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
The president also blasted Iran and Russia for supporting Assad’s regime, particularly in the wake of the suspected chemical attack.
“To Iran and to Russia, I ask what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children,” he said.
Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the “targeted” strikes were aimed to deter future chemical attacks.
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