Syria Strike Live Updates: Trump Vows to Keep Pressure on ‘Monster’ Assad

U.S., U.K. and France launch overnight strike on targets including chemical weapons sites ■ Russia, Iran warn of consequences ■ Syrian army says most of missiles intercepted

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  • There’s only one show in Syria right now: A battle between two superpowers

  • U.S., France and U.K. strike Syria over chemical attack

The targets included research centers in Damascus believed to have produced chemical weapons.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday night that the three allies had launched military strikes to punish Assad and to prevent him from using chemical weapons again. Trump said Washington was prepared to “sustain” pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

“These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead,” Trump said.

Russia and Iran warned of “consequences” after the strike. “The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries,” the Russian embassy in the U.S. said in a statement.

10:44 A.M. Russian President Putin says will call emergency UN meeting

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will call an emergency session of UN Security Council over strike on Syria

10:27 A.M. Syrians gather in Damascus in defiance of airstrikes

Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated in a landmark square of the Syrian capital, waving victory signs and honking their car horns in a show of defiance.

Many demonstrators in Damascus’ Omayyad Square waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags. Some clapped their hands and danced, others drove in convoys, honking their horns. “Good morning steadfastness,” one broadcaster said.

10:13 A.M: Syrian presidency posts video of Assad arriving at work

 

The Syrian presidency posted a video on its showing President Bashar Assad arriving for work hours after US-led strikes on Syrian targets.

The eight-second video showed Assad wearing a suit and a tie, carrying a bag and walking in a hall, probably part of his presidential palace. The caption on the video read “The morning of steadfastness.”

9:17 A.M.: Israel says Trump upheld his red line

An Israeli official said Saturday that the combined strike on Syria upheld U.S. president Donald Trump’s red line: “Last year, Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line,” he said. “Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line.” (Noa Landau) (Click to Source)

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