The United States, Britain and France launched an air and missile attack on suspected locations in and around the capital city of Damascus used by Syria’s dictator Basher al-Assad to stockpile chemical weapons.
Within minutes of launching airstrikes on Syria in response to President Assad’s horrendous gas attacks, President Donald Trump spoke to the American people about his decision during a brief, succinct television address.
This attack comes as the United Kingdom accused the Russian government of uttering ‘grotesque lies’ after Putin government and news media accused the British of mimicking a chemical attack in Syria and then blaming it on President Assad who is a close ally of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
The British and Russian governments have already been dealing with political hostility over accusations that Putin’s minions are linked to the Salisbury poisonings.
The poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 65, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, was described by Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday as “attempted murder in the most cruel and public way”.
The Cabinet minister promised a “robust” response once responsibility for the attack is established, but she told the House of Commons her current priority is on the immediate response to the incident.
Commander in Chief Trump’s Armada
Besides the air attacks by the U.S., British and French militaries, President Trump dispatched a huge U.S. Navy task force of 12 warships sailing for Syria in one of the biggest displays of American naval power since President George W. Bush’s attack on Iraq in 2003.
For example, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S Truman, which possesses almost 100 fighter jet is being protected by five strike groups of destroyers and cruisers. It is powering towards Europe and the Middle East ahead of Friday nights bombing mission.
Already deployed U.S. Navy destroyers are believed to be in — or close to — the Mediterranean Sea. The warships include the Donald Cook, Porter, Carney and Laboon. There are also two nuclear-powered submarines, Georgia and John Warner, believed to be within range of Syria.