President Trump orders airstrikes against Syria (video includes Pentagon briefing statement from Defense Secretary James Mattis) | ABC News Special Report
The United States has begun military action on Friday April 13, 2018 less than one week ago after horrific chemical attacks on women and children in Syria occurred on April 7 2018. President Donald Trump told the American people a retaliatory strike against Syria for its chemical attacks against civilians was underway as of late Friday, and would be part of a sustained response against the Assad regime in Syria.
“A combined operation is now underway,” Trump said at the White House, saying the operation involved the militaries of France, the U.S. and Britain.
No details were immediately available on what warships or aircraft were involved. The Pentagon was expected to brief reporters later Friday.
US congressional officials were informed of US strikes on Syria before President Trump made the public announcement, according administration official.
After 9:00 p.m. CT, officials from the US Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia stated that no additional attacks are planned tonight. A Pentagon official on Friday night in Washington D.C. said that “yesterday” (Thursday April 12,2018) the United States acquired evidence that the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical attacks that occurred on April 7, 2018. Mattis also stated that the United States is reasonably certain that chlorine was used, and that the use of Sarin is not ruled out.
TARGETS IN SYRIA
Scientific research center in Damascus
Chemical storage facility
Chemical equipment storage facility and command post
Time on Target was about 8 PM CT.
The military attacks were designed to degrade the ability of the Syrian war machine to use chemical weapons, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said that a little over a double of the amount of weapons were used this year compared to last year.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 14, 2018
President Trump: “Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria.” https://t.co/LvGTHmH0Qj https://t.co/F4jqtX5WMI
— CNN (@CNN) April 14, 2018
Military action in Syria "probably does not include the weapons themselves because if you strike a place where the weapons are stored, you risk setting off a plume that can spread those fumes over innocent people," @CBSDavidMartin reports https://t.co/sekJohjdYE pic.twitter.com/q5MVZQoBNK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 14, 2018
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 14, 2018
Loud explosions light up skies over Syrian capital of Damascus as President Trump announces airstrikes on Syria, AP and Reuters report. https://t.co/JewdeahULd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 14, 2018
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General Definition of Time On Target
Time On Target (TOT) is the military coordination of artillery fire by many weapons so that all the munitions arrive at the target at precisely the same time. The military standard is plus or minus three seconds from the prescribed time of impact