US military action in Syria taken – Trump

WASHINGTON, April US President Donald Trump announced late Friday evening “precision strikes” against chemical weapons targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack there last week.

Addressing the nation, Trump said “a short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.” He also thanked France and the United Kingdom for the combined operation with the US armed forces.

He noted that last Saturday, “the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.

The purpose of “our” actions last night was to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons, he stressed, adding that establishing such deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States.

Trump reiterated “the combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic, and diplomatic.” He stressed “we are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.” Trump noted that he also has a message for the two governments “most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime.

“To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children? 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,” he remarked.

He indicated that in 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government “promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

“Assad’s recent attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise,” he affirmed.

“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,” he added.

He noted “hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not.

“America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances. As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home,” he affirmed.

Trump reiterated “so today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency