What is Russia’s response? It could be exactly the same statement he made in 2007 in Munich. If you have not yet listened to his words, I beg you to do so now. If you have listened to them, I beg you to listen to them again. They are more pertinent now than they were in 2007! Putin makes such an incredibly powerful point to us all at this very moment.
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US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near Damascus, last week.
“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. He added that a combined military operation by the US, the UK and France is already underway in Syria.
Shortly after Trump’s announcement, a statement from UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British forces to conduct “coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability.”
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Watch RT Live . . . excellent discussion, which we’re probably going to hear over and over again for many days. The question now for me is what the United Nations will choose to do.
The operation, which started at 9 p.m., was “specifically associated” with chemical research facilities and chemical storage sites, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said Friday.
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Three main chemical sites were targeted, as well as one command center, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The operations are now complete. Continued barrages will not take place, unless Assad uses chemical weapons again, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said.
These targets were made with the goal of minimizing any impact on Russian forces, according to JCS.
The deconfliction line with Russia was “active” this week, and the US followed normal use of deconfliction lines with Russia, as normal for clearing the airspace, JCS said.
“This wave of strikes is over,” Dunford said.
New video reportedly taken from Syria shows air-defense interceptors taking flight after US President Donald Trump announced that the US, UK and France would strike Syria.
”God bless you, God bless you,” a man can be heard saying, shortly after the interceptor seemed to collide with a missile, making a large boom sound.
“F*ck those American bastards,” the man from the video says.
The Syrian Army reports shooting down 20 US, UK and French missiles. When asked about the missiles, the Pentagon during a briefing that it could not comment on the reports.
On Friday night, Trump said that strike operations were underway in response to an alleged attack in Douma, which Damascus and Moscow maintain was a false flag. Analysts are puzzled by the logic of Trump’s decision to stand up against “Gas Animal Assad” by raining explosives on Syria and killing Syrians.
Damascus, Homs, a research facility in Barzeh, and an IRGC base in Qasioun Mountain have reportedly been targeted during the military operations.
In addition to U.S. Navy warships, U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers also took part in strikes against Assad regime in Syria: officials
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By conducting strikes on Syria, the US is violating all international norms, and Russia views this as an act of aggression, says Alexander Sherin, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, comparing US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
“The US President Donald Trump is not just a criminal for the whole world, he is Adolf Hitler number two,” Sherin told Russian media.
Earlier this day Trump announced he ordered military strikes on Syria.
“[Trump] is a criminal — but that’s not enough. One can call him Adolf Hitler of today, because look — he even chose the time, just like when Hitler attacked the USSR,” Sherin told reporters.
“This is the second Belgrade, this is a turning point, the Russian Federation has received an act of agressionm because, according to all international norms this is a violation of all international rights, this is a declaration of war to a sovereign state, towards which a nuclear power fulfills its obligations of help and security,” Sherin said.
“Everything we’ve done, all the effort put into this, they try to multiply it all by zero and simply put Russia on its knees,” he added.
The strike on Syria is a ill-thought and provocational step of the US that can lead to unpredictable consequences, said his colleague, Yuri Shvytkin a deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee.
The actions of France, UK and the US in Syria do not benefit building constructive relations with Moscow, he added.
Shvytkin said that it an emergency session of UN General Assembly is required in order to condemn the actions of the US and its allies.