So it seems like the worst has not happened, Trump has showed his followers that he is a tough guy, little damage has been done and nothing much has changed. France and the UK have also showed their teeth, which may be important for May and Macron.
— 13:19 Correction: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday’s strikes on multiple targets were “harder” than those in 2017, but insisted no additional launches were planned. Washington also revealed that Moscow was warned in advance.
“Right now this is a one time shot and I believe it sent a very strong message,” Mattis said during a press briefing in the Pentagon, adding that there may be further attacks against the government of Bashar Assad “should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future.”
— 13:16 Pentagon Press Conference on Syria Strikes: – No reports of U.S. losses – U.S. did not pre-notify Russia of strikes -Mattis: “Right now we have no additional attacks planned”
–13:08 A district of Damascus, which houses a scientific research facility, was targeted by strikes carried out by the US, France and Britain, with several large blasts and smoke rising from the eastern side of the capital, witnesses say.
— 13:08 Confirmed: Targeting of Hezbollah terrorist sites in the city of Kiswa, Rif Dimashq.
— 13:07 Strikes on a military site 24 km west of Homs. -Four Tornado planes participated in the strike on targets in Syria.
— 13:02 Breaking: ISIS has launched an attack against the Syrian regime forces around Yarmouk camp south of Damascus. (Via Al Sura)
— 12:45 Breaking: Coalition strikes against Syria are expected to be “multi-wave” and will not end tonight. (Via CNN)
— 12:32 #Damascus lights turned off full blackout. To lower Us target visibility
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.”