Syrian state media report missile attacks near Damascus


Much a shock to a lot of Syrians to see the capital really feel the shake of this strike. There were several loud explosions heard in Damascus smoke has been seen rising over the Syrian capital. According to I witnesses, and the Syrian government has been telling the Syrian people about what it's calling US French and British aggression against Syria that was announced by President Trump just a short time ago that has been on Syrian television. The Pentagon is nearing a briefing from Defense Secretary Mattis about the military operation, the United States, France and Britain launched together tonight in Syria to punish president BUSTER for a suspected chemical attack against civilians nearly one week ago and to deter him from doing it again earlier today, President Trump directed the US military to conduct operations and continent with our allies. To destroy the Syrian regimes chemical weapons research development and production capability. Tonight, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action distract the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure, clearly the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time our allies, and we have struck harder. Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad and his murderously tenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable at nine PM eastern standard time French British in US forces struck targets in Syria in support of President Trump's objective to deter the future use of chemical weapons. The targets that were struck and destroyed were specifically associated with the Syrian regimes chemical weapons program we also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians last year, we conducted a unilateral strike on a single site this evening. We conducted strikes with two allies on multiple sites that will result in a long term. Degradation Syrians capability to research develop an employee chemical and biological weapons. Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Sharon regime to strike was not only a strong message to the regime that their actions were inexcusable, but it also inflicted maximum damage without unnecessary risk to innocent civilians. There have been a number of I witness reports of explosions lighting up the night sky in Damascus some reports that the Syrians were able to shoot off some surface to air missiles to take down some of what the US and its allies fired their way in a statement from President Assad that comes via Twitter the Syrian presidency. Tweets. Good souls will never be humiliated after the airstrikes a targeted strike to deters. President Trump said tonight bus route Assad from using chemical weapons again Syrian state media confirmed that the scientific. Research center in bars north of Damascus was targeted in the attack a number of rockets targeting warehouses belonging to the Syrian army and homes were intercepted. According to the Syrian government. The Defense Secretary did mention that a number of surface to air missiles were shot off by the Syrians. The Syrians claimed to have intercepted some of what the US France and Britain through at Syria. But there has been no confirmation of what those retaliatory strikes may have done. The Syrians are now claiming they struck down thirteen rockets. The Syrian people message on Syrian state television said a moment ago are defiant and courageous the Americans have been defeated and in growing scroll on Syrian television describes a cowardly terrorist attack only done for America to save face ABC's. Louis Martinez is with us from the Pentagon now and. Louis the targets that the Pentagon selected along with France and Britain for this military operation were very specific chemical weapons storage facilities. That's right. Aaron there were these three facilities to into Damascus Syria. One in western homes on they have to do with the production of chemical weapons was a chemical storage area. And the third was a research and development facility. I you heard general Dunford say that there were additional sites that could have been targeted. But would they chose these three particularly because they wanted to minimize the chance of civilian casualties. But what you're hearing from secretary Mattis right now is that this is a one shot deal right now. But the message is intended to be clear to Syria that they should not be using chemical weapons in the future. And I think that the the idea here is that if they catch win that Syria is doing that they may target these additional facilities. And I think that's the threat. That's being pushed on them right now loud explosions. Nhs rocked Damascus the sky filled with heavy smoke early Saturday Syria time as President Trump announced airstrikes taken in conjunction with the British and the French targeting chemical, weapons storage facilities meant to punish Syria for the recent attack just outside Damascus and to deter President Bashar Al Assad from using chemical weapons again. The president said the US was prepared to sustain this kind of response until the use of chemical weapons stops for the moment. Though, this wave of airstrikes, the Pentagon says is over and Defense Secretary Mattis called it a one time shot that has sent a very strong message to deter Assad from using chemical weapons the US and ally leadership said the focus of those airstrikes was to hit chemical weapons storage areas

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