- Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr, the director of joint staff, said he would pick three words to describe the attack: “Precise, overwhelming and effective”. == Telegraph: Syria fired 40 missiles ‘at nothing’ after allied air strikes destroyed three Assad chemical sites
( Daily Mail )The Pentagon has shared new details of the successful, coordinated missile attack on Damascus which set the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program back ‘years’.
At a press conference in Washington DC on Saturday morning, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White and Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie gave a detailed break-down of the 105 missiles launched.
‘This is going to set the program back for years. We attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program,’ Gen. McKenzie said.
He also shot down the Syrian media’s claim that Assad’s missile defense systems took down 71 of the missiles launched, revealing that none were compromised and that they were only fired once the coordinated attack was over.
Three civilians were injured but there have been no confirmed fatalities.
On Saturday, the General said that if any deaths are reported they may well have been the result of Assad’s counter fire.
‘Syria shot 40 large missiles into the air using ballistic trajectory, without guidance.
‘When we shoot iron into the air without guidance, it’s going to come down somewhere.’
He added that Syrian outlets which claimed as many as 71 of the missiles had been brought down were lying, saying playfully: ‘I can’t help you with what the Syrians are saying but what I am telling you is what actually happened.
All of the US’s aircraft returned safely to base after the attack. Gen. McKenzie did not say where the Lancer B-1 Bombers had flown from but other officials suggested they deployed from an airbase in Qatar.
‘We met our objective. We hit our target. It was mission accomplished,’ White said on Saturday, repeating the president’s tweet earlier in the day.
Dramatic before and after satellite photographs of the three targets were also shown and revealed the extent of the damage.
Read more: ‘We’ve set them back years’: Pentagon celebrates airstrikes which ‘crippled’ Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and reveals Assad retaliated by aimlessly firing 40 missiles AFTER the attack was over
( Daily Mail ) Donald Trump hailed a ‘perfectly executed strike’ that he said ‘could not have had a better result’ after authorizing a series of missile attacks against Syrian targets on Friday in response to the Assad regime’s latest chemical weapons attack.
The president said Saturday in his first comments since the air raid: ‘Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!’
‘So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!’ he tweeted.
The Pentagon also said that the strikes ‘were very successful’ in that the coalition met its objectives
‘We hit the sites,’ Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a Saturday morning briefing. ‘It was mission accomplished,’ she said.
Whether the strikes would have the intended effect — keeping Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from gassing the people of his country again — was not something that the U.S. or its allies could predict.
Trump pledged Friday in a national address the White House tried to quiet until just before it happened that the U.S. would continue to strike Assad until he forsook his chemical weapons attacks.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Saturday morning that ‘a lot has been destroyed in last night’s strikes’ but additional strikes could come if Assad crossed the ‘red line’ of using chemical weapons again.
Trump’s ‘mission accomplished’ claim drudged up old memories of another Republican president, George W. Bush, standing under a banner in 2003 and declaring the same thing. Bush’s war in Iraq lasted for years, and when the U.S. finally left the power vacuum was filled by ISIS.
Read more: ‘A perfectly executed strike’: Delighted Trump tweets his thanks to the ‘wisdom and fine military’ of France and the UK after airstrikes on Syria, and says allies ‘could not have had a better result’
President Donald Trump said Friday evening in a national address that he ordered precision strikes in Syria in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad’s ‘evil and despicable’ poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last weekend.
Speaking from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, the commander-in-chief of the United States said the strikes pummeled targets associated with Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities.
‘This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by the very terrible regime. The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air.’ Trump said of the Syrian dictator’s horrific April 7 attack on innocent civilians. ‘These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster, instead.’
Trump forcefully confronted Iran and Russia for aligning themselves with ‘barbarism and brutality’ and said the United States and its allies in the strike, France and Britain, are prepared ‘to sustain this response’ until Assad discontinues his use of internationally prohibited nuclear weapons.
‘What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?’ Trump asked. ‘The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.’
OBAMA’S ARROGANCE LED TO REAL WORLD DISASTERS LIKE ISIS AND SYRIA – SAYS EX-UK PM DAVID CAMERON AIDE
Steve Hilton, once one of former British PM David Cameron’s most senior advisers, said Barack Obama’s arrogance led to “real-world disasters” like Syria and ISIS.
From Daily Mail:
Hilton is also hosting a Fox News show on Sundays called The Next Revolution and used it to jump into the aftermath of the publication of the explosive book Fire and Fury, on Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
The former Downing Street adviser was highly critical of Mr Obama and said: ‘My old boss, former British prime minister David Cameron, thought Obama was one of the most narcissistic, self-absorbed people he’d ever dealt with.’
‘Obama never listened to anyone, always thought he was smarter than every expert in the room, and treated every meeting as an opportunity to lecture everyone else.
‘This led to real-world disasters, like Syria and the rise of Isis.’
- President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government
- Declassified doc: The rise of ISIS had been predicated by both the CIA and DIA, as far back as 2012.
- Purposely created by the Obama Administration in part to isolate the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad
- U.S. intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to Syrian ports
- roughly 60% of the rebel fighters in Syria are sympathetic to ISIS’ .
- Syrian rebels gave “at least a quarter of their United States-provided equipment, including six pickup trucks and a portion of their ammunition, to the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.”
Via The Hill:
President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, a victory for Russia, which has called for the move for years.
Officials told the Post that shutting down the program, begun by the Obama administration in 2013, is a sign of Trump’s attempts to work with Russia, which has viewed the U.S. attempts to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad during that country’s civil war as an attack on its own interests.
The shuttering of the CIA program does not mark the end of U.S. involvement in Syria — Trump signed off in May on a plan to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish rebel group, using Department of Defense funds.
The Post reports that Trump decided to shut down the CIA program last month after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a deal for a partial cease-fire during their meeting at the Group of 20 summit earlier this month, set for a region of Syria where rebels supported by the CIA are stationed.
( USHerald) Thanks in part to the declassification of Defense Intelligence documents, connecting those missing dots seems to have finally reveled what most Middle East observers have suspected all along, that the rise of the terrorist group ISIS and the likelihood of establishing a terror state (a caliphate), had been predicated by both the CIA and DIA, as far back as 2012.
And purposely created by the Obama Administration in part to isolate the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. The documents also predicted that the support given by the West, Turkey and the Persian Gulf Arab states to the Takfiri militants would eventually lead to the establishment of a Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria.
According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria.”
Obviously Obama’s dismissal of ISIS being nothing more than a “JV” team and his apparent miscalculations in not keeping a residual force in place in Iraq, seems to be (as the documents indicate), considerably more sinister than first assumed, in that not leaving a contingency force behind was viewed by most Middle Eastern experts to have been a simple yet costly a tactical error.
However the documents are also shedding light on details referencing weapons operations inside Libya before the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.
And the report leaves no doubt that U.S. intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to Syrian ports.
Here is a link to the Judicial Watch press release detailing the released documents.
Here are the released documents themselves.
According to the think tank linked to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, roughly 60% of the rebel fighters in Syria are sympathetic to ISIS’ political and religious beliefs and practices. While there may be personal disputes between ISIS and the other rebels, most find little problem with ISIS’ ideology and governing style.
These findings stand in considerable contrast to earlier claims made by the Obama Administration, about which groups constituted the Syrian rebels. President Obama had, at one point, pushed to train a so-called moderate rebel force in Syria and spent $500 million to do so. After the failures of the program became evident, Obama switched his position and labeled the belief in the moderate rebels as a viable force to take on ISIS and Assad as a “fantasy.”
The program was ultimately suspended in October of this year when it was discovered that not only were the rebels not fighting jihadists, they gave “at least a quarter of their United States-provided equipment, including six pickup trucks and a portion of their ammunition, to the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.”
BREAKING: Confirmed Israeli strikes overnight hit store of weapons near Damascus Airport belonging to Hezbollah terror group.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 A.M.) – Preliminary reports have emerged that an Israeli air raid has targeted Damascus International Airport or its perimeters.
This cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News at this moment however.
Photos have emerged of burning fuel or gas at the international airport.
The reports say that there were five airstrikes against the airport or its vicinity.
It has not been revealed yet the nature of the damage to the airport, but the strikes occurred at around 03:25 A.M. local time.
The Damascus International Airport is still used for civilian flights, including routes to Qamishli in Syria’s northeast, Tehran in Iran and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
WOW! SYRIANS THANK TRUMP FOR SYRIAN ATTACK THEY CHANGE THEIR TWITTER PROFILES TO PHOTOS OF HIM: “WE LOVE YOU!”
Syrians are changing their profile pictures to a photo of Donald Trump, along with the caption: ‘We love you.’
The unprecedented outpouring of Syrians’ support for the US president comes after he authorised the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government airbase.
The target, Shayrat airbase, is believed to be the source of a devastating Sarin gas attack in Idlib province, which killed around 100 people.
According to Syrian state media, on top of the military deaths in Shayrat nine civilians, including four children, died as a result of the US airstrikes.
Speaking from Air Force One, Trump said: ‘Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
‘It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.’
He also referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a ‘dictator’.
The new avatars were first noticed by Syrian Twitter user Mostafa Mahamed.