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President Trump announces Friday that a U.S.-led coalition has launched a military response to the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapon attack earlier this month

President Trump announces Friday that a U.S.-led coalition has launched a military response to the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapon attack earlier this month

In recent days the administration had weighed how to intensify the attack without collapsing the Assad regime or drawing Russian Federation or Iran further into the fight.

NAIJ.com gathers that Trump, while addressing the nation on Friday night, April 13, said the joint strike with France and the United Kingdom was now underway.

The United States, Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack after mulling military action for almost a week.

"Such attacks will not deter our armed forces and allied forces from persisting to crush what is left of the armed terrorist groups", the military said.

Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the USA, said that "we are being threatened".

The attacks were described by the Pentagon as precise and aimed exclusively at the regime's chemical weapons facilities.

In a sign of mounting regional tensions, seven Iranians were killed in an air strike on a Syrian military base on Monday, which Iran said was carried out by Israel.

Syrian state media slammed Western strikes today as illegal and "doomed to fail", after the US, France, and Britain launched a joint operation against the Damascus government.

The coordinated strike on Friday marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who United States officials believe has continued to test the West's willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks, The Washington Post reported.

US President Donald Trump said the strikes were launched to damage Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. Missile strikes were seen across the well-lit city of Damascus, which then plunged into darkness.

The Russian military said the missiles were fired from U.S. ships in the Red Sea, aircraft above the Mediterranean and strategic bombers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a strike on Syria launched by the United States and its allies as an "act of aggression" that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

"No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East", Trump said.

Syria "condemns with the strongest terms the tripartite US, British and French aggression on Syria as being a flagrant violation of the global law and the principals of United Nations charter", SANA news agency quoted an official source at the ministry as saying. After the attack ceased and the early morning skies went dark once more, vehicles with loudspeakers roamed the streets of Damascus blaring nationalist songs.

He says the Russian air defense assets in Syria monitored the strike but didn't engage any of the missiles.

But Trump has long criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to enforce a previous USA "red line" in 2013 after earlier chemical attacks blamed on Assad's forces.

Following the military strikes on Syria by the US and foreign allies, Sen Patty Murray (D) WA, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) WA-05, released statements.

The U.S. State Department said Friday that it has proof that Syria was behind the suspected chemical attack.

I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime.

More: Russia just blamed Britain for Syria chemical attack.

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