US, UK and France strike Syria

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时间:2018-04-14 单词数:7980

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President Trump says he has ordered US forces to launch precision strikes against chemical weapons facilities of Assad in Syria.


"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad."


Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom.


Trump: Strikes will continue until Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends


President Trump said Friday the purpose of a campaign of airstrikes in Syria is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons."


Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends.


"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents," Trump said.


Trump calls suspected Syria gas attack the "crimes of a monster"


President Trump described the "despicable attack" in Syria as the "crimes of a monster" as he announced the start of precision retaliatory strikes.


"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime," Trump said.


"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead."


Trump calls out Russia and Iran for backing Assad regime


President Trump directly addressed Russia and Iran, two countries that have supported the embattled regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.


"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?"


"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace. Hopefully someday we’ll get along with Russia and maybe even Iran, but maybe not," Trump said.


UK and France also involved in strikes


President Trump, addressing the nation tonight, spoke of an allied effort against the "barbarism and brutality."


He said the UK and France are also involved in the "combined operation."


"Today the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," he said. "Tonight I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions."


He continued: "We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. We pray that God will guide the whole region toward a future of dignity and of peace. And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America. Thank you and good night."


UK’s Theresa May authorizes strikes on Syria


UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in a statement, said that she has “authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use.”


France’s president says a red line had been crossed after chemical weapon attack


“The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed. So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight," French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement.


US Defense officials: Both US ships and aircrafts were used in the strikes


Multiple US defense officials tell CNN that both US ships and aircrafts were used in the strikes in Syria.


State media says Syria is responding to strikes


Syrian State TV is reporting that Syrian Air Defense was responding to "the American, British and French aggression against Syria."


Witnesses report explosions in Damascus


CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reports that witnesses say they are hearing explosions in Damascus, Syria, and that they began while President Trump was still addressing the nation.


Two US officials said attacks could continue beyond tonight, with a senior administration official saying “this isn’t over."


Syrian state-run TV says there are reports of aggression targeting the research center in the Barzeh area of the city of Damascus


Syrian air defenses have also hit 13 missiles in Al Kiswah in the suburbs of Damascus, the state TV also reports.


Russian ambassador to US warns of "consequences" after strikes on Syria


Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, issued a statement on Facebook in response to the strikes on Syria.


He accused the West of carrying out a "pre-designed scenario." He said there would be "consequences," and the responsibility for them lies with Washington, London and Paris.


UN Secretary-General urges "restraint in these dangerous circumstances"


UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged members to "show restraint in these dangerous circumstances."


He also called on nations to "avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people."