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President Donald J. Trump announced combined U.S., French and British forces launched precision strikes April 13, 2018, against chemical weapons capabilities in Syria to deter Syrian leader Bashar Assad from using banned chemical weapons.

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Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Joint Staff Director Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. brief reporters at the Pentagon, April 19, 2018.
KC-135 Stratotankers and F-15C Fighting Falcons assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe take off from a base in Europe, April 11, 2018. Assigned aircraft conducted refueling support and defensive counter air operations during the strikes in Syria.
F-15C Fighting Falcons assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe take off from a base in Europe, April 11, 2018. Assigned aircraft conducted defensive counter air operations during U.S. military strikes in Syria.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Joint Staff director, brief reporters on U.S. and allied strikes targeting the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons infrastructure, April 14, 2018.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gives a statement during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York, April 14, 2018. A transcript will be available at https://usun.state.gov.
Air Force maintenance personnel conduct final checks on a B-1 bomber before it takes off to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria, April 14, 2018. Air Force video
The fast attack submarine USS John Warner launches a Tomahawk missile from the Mediterranean Sea, April 14, 2018, as part of a strike operation to degrade the Syrian government's capability to produce and utilize chemical weapons. Navy video
The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk missile in the Red Sea, April 14, 2018, while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy video by Seaman Trey Fowler
The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk missile in the Red Sea April 14, 2018, while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy video by Seaman Trey Fowler
President Donald J. Trump announces he ordered the U.S. military to launch precision strikes on targets in Syria associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, April 13, 2018.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon about military operations in Syria, April 13, 2018.
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RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE IN SYRIA

April 13, 2018

President Donald J. Trump announced combined U.S., French and British forces launched precision strikes against chemical weapons capabilities in Syria:

“Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. … The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.”

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis issued remarks regarding combined U.S., French and British forces’ precision strikes against chemical weapons installations in Syria:

“Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable.”

April 9, 2018

President Donald J. Trump denounced the attack in remarks delivered before a Cabinet meeting at the White House:

“This is about humanity. We're talking about humanity. And it can't be allowed to happen.”

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis responds to questions about possible U.S. response to the attack:

“Working with our allies and partners, from NATO to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks in an emergency U.N. Security Council briefing:

“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond.”

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