US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

"Some things are simply inexcusable, beyond the pale and in the worst interest of not just the chemical weapons conventions but of civilization itself".

Trump says he has requested US companions "to take greater responsibility for securing their dwelling space, along with contributing large portions of money for the belongings, instruments and all the anti-ISIS effort".

Later he was noncommittal.

"I don't want to get into the details of a potential decision by the commander in chief", Mattis told Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.

White House spokesman Raj Shah talked about Friday afternoon that Trump "goes to hold the Syrian authorities accountable". That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

Defense Secretary James Mattis called the coordinated air strikes against three targets in Syria by the USA with Britain and France "a heavy strike" on Friday night.

The allied operation comes a year after the US missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin said Russia does not rule out the possibility of a conflict with the US, adding that the main priority is averting war in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron says his nation, the United States and Britain have launched a navy operation in opposition to the Syrian authorities's "clandestine chemical arsenal". "And of course the powers that have signed the chemical weapons prohibition have every reason to challenge Assad should he choose to violate that". Mattis stopped short of detailing any plans by the United States or its allies to respond to Syria's April 7 chemical weapons attack, even as Trump on Wednesday warned Russian Federation through Twitter to "get ready" for the USA attack on Syria. "Thereby, the use of sarin and chlorine is not confirmed".

But he suggested in another tweet early Thursday that there was no timeline for a US response. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any United States military action.

Earlier Thursday, Trump appeared to walk back earlier comments in which he warned Russian Federation to brace for missiles which he said "will be coming".

He is asking that "responsible nations" join in condemning the Assad regime. We also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians.

He supplies ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and even perhaps Iran, nevertheless maybe not".

President Trump huddled with his national security team Thursday amid mounting speculation of a military attack in response to Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, while Britain's Cabinet gave the green light to join the US and France in planning a strike. "Let's remember what happened a year ago, and that was very effective and he if loses the reputation we lost for eight years under Obama, we're going to lose that position as leader of the free world". More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

The U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range of Syria as President Donald Trump and his national security aides mulled the scope and timing of an expected military assault in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack. "We need to know where that's going, what the objective of it is before we take that act". 'These sites are where the research facilities were located, ' said Mattis.

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