Western Allies Strike Syria: Intercession Urgently Needed

“He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Ps. 121:4

WESTERN ALLIES STRIKE SYRIA IN RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL ATTACKS: Nations across the globe are presently releasing breaking news of the USA, France and UK predawn attacks on Syria. These strikes that began early Saturday 14 April 2018, (Israel time), are in response to chemical weapons attacks ordered by the Syrian regime on its own people last weekend. The government of Bashar al-Assad has been accused of using poison gas on civilians at least 50 times during the county’s ongoing civil war. Syria and its allies at Israel’s northern border have also posed an increasing threat to the Jewish State. Syrian hostility towards Israel is coupled with Iran’s deepening military foothold in this civil war-torn country. In addition, a strong Russian presence in Syria, its protection of the Assad regime and alliance with Iran makes this a highly volatile situation for the Jewish state. We are sending a brief JNN update from several news sources reporting on the USA strikes against Syria and urgently asking our readers to pray against any retaliatory strikes from Russia, especially against American ships. Pray also for the safety of Israel during these times of intense conflict and multiple threats at her doorstep. (JNN)

TRUMP: USA, FRANCE AND UK LAUNCH STRIKES ON SYRIA: President Donald Trump announced on Friday, 13 April 2018, that he had ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend. "I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad," Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room. Witnesses reported that they heard explosions in the capital city of Damascus and that they began while Trump was making his address. USA aircraft including B-1 bombers and ships were used in the strikes, according to multiple USA defense officials. Trump said that he decided to take action because last weekend's action by Bashar Al-Assad "was a significant attack against his own people," and "not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead."

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the purpose of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic," Trump said. UK PM Theresa May announced that she had "authorized British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use." Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons ends. Two USA officials said attacks could continue, with a senior administration official saying "this isn't over." (CNN)

USA SHIPS AND PLANES FIRE CRUISE MISSILES AT SYRIA IN RETALIATION FOR POISON GAS ATTACK: Warships and warplanes in the eastern Mediterranean have launched a fiery barrage of missiles at military targets in Syria to punish the Russian-backed government in Damascus for its use of poison gas against civilians last weekend. USA President Donald Trump authorized the punitive hit against President Bashar Assad's government and sought to cripple its chemical weapons facilities with what he called precision airstrikes. French and British forces joined the assault. Trump said in a televised address Friday night. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents." Leaders in Britain, France and Saudi Arabia have pledged to support a strong response, and French warships armed with cruise missiles were near the Syrian coast. The USA Navy had at least two guided-missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean. Trump called on Russia and Iran, which he said are the chief enablers of the Syrian government, to relinquish their support. The predawn air assault Saturday raised concerns of a direct confrontation with Russia, which has an extensive network of ground-to-air missiles in Syria, as well as hundreds of troops and warplanes, and threatened to shoot down any USA missiles or planes that it saw as a threat. (L.A. Times)

WESTERN ALLIES STRIKE IN SYRIA, EXPLOSIONS REPORTED NEAR DAMASCUS: The United States, together with France and the UK, is carrying out precision air strikes against targets in Syria related to the Bashar Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons. At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus very early Saturday morning and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said. Syrian state TV said the army’s air defenses were confronting an attack by the United States, France and Britain. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. Barzah is the location of a major Syrian scientific research center. Syrian air defenses shot down 13 missiles fired in a USA-led attack, Syrian state TV said. The missiles were reportedly shot down in the Kiswah area south of Damascus, the capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of three scientific research centers had been hit in the attacks - two in Damascus and one in the Homs area - in addition to military bases in Damascus.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said shortly after the strikes began that "the Assad regime didn't get the message" after last year's USA strikes, and that this time the strikes are broader. He emphasized that the aim is to prevent Damascus from again using chemical weapons. He said he felt "confident" about the evidence implicating the Syrian government in the chemical attack on Douma. Trump has said the USA is “prepared to sustain" military pressure on Assad "until the Syrian regime stops its use of chemical weapons”. Blaming Russia directly for the situation in Syria, Trump stated that "Assad's recent attack and today's response are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep their promise to guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path." (Ha’aretz)

HALEY: ASSAD USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS 50 TIMES: USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Friday 13 April said that Syria had used chemical weapons at least 50 times during that country’s civil war. “Let’s be clear: Assad’s most recent use of poison gas against the people of Douma was not his first, second, third, or even 49th use of chemical weapons The United States estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times. Public estimates are as high as 200,” she said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. “The United States and our allies will continue to stand up for truth, accountability, justice, and an end to the use of chemical weapons,” she added. Haley also blasted Moscow for continuing to prevent UN action against its ally, Syria. Russia days ago vetoed a USA-drafted Security Council resolution that would have set up an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria following an toxic gas attack in rebel-held Douma. It was the 12th time that Russia has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally. Earlier on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Britain staged the chemical attack in Douma, though it did not provide evidence of this. (Arutz-7)

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