In the past, President Trump has warned many times against getting further involved in the Syrian civil war. Nevertheless, the United States, along with France and the United Kingdom have launched strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons programs.
Three Syrian sites involved in the use of chemical weapons were targeted in the attack – one scientific facility near Damascus and two storage facilities near Homs.
More than a hundred missiles were launched and the strikes lasted no longer than 70 minutes. America, British and French naval and air force units were involved.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2013
Obama wants to unilaterally put a no-fly zone in Syria to protect Al Qaeda Islamists http://t.co/DCgP83Oxas Syria is NOT our problem.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2013
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the "rebels" are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2013
Storage and military targets are being attacked as President Trump has sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people.
“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room.
Explosions in the capital city of Damascus were heard as he spoke. They began while Trump was making his address.
According to officials, US aircraft — including B-1 bombers — and ships were used in the attack.
— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) April 14, 2018
According to the Guardian:
Donald Trump has launched air strikes alongside UK and French forces aimed at the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities.
Moments after the president’s address finished, reports emerged of explosions in Damascus. A Pentagon briefing later confirmed three sites were hit in Damascus and Homs. Syrian air defences responded but the US said it has suffered no losses in the initial air strikes.
Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the US, said “such actions will not be left without consequences” and said Moscow was being threatened. “Insulting the president of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible,” he added.
The US president said the attack in Douma a week ago represented “a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use” by the Assad regime. He said: “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
The British prime minister, Theresa May, said she authorised targeted strikes to “degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use”. Taking a swipe at Russia, she said: “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.”