By Matthew Geiger | @mattg444
President Trump has announced the launching of missiles into Syria, primarily to target chemical weapons stockpiles. Scroll to the bottom of this article for current information.
AFTERNOON, APRIL 13TH
Signs of a potential strike today became more clear as the press at White House were held in anticipation of an announcement. Since there was no event on the President’s schedule, many interpreted this as a potential missile launch into Syria.
A “lid” is another way of saying that there will be no news reported from White House officials for an indefinite period of time. Usually, these “lids” are attached to time periods, such as a “dinner lid,” which means no news will be announced until after dinner.
The press parking lot at the Pentagon was full this evening, which is a telltale sign that military action is imminent.
EVENING, APRIL 13TH
As time ticked further and further into the night, a United States Airforce intelligence aircraft was spotted on the coast of Syria.
8:19 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
At 19 minutes past 8 PM Eastern, the President was nowhere to be seen in the West Wing.
APPROXIMATELY 8:30 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
The President’s absence was then followed by an announcement that the Vice President was rushed back to his hotel on a state visit in Peru. Sources state that this was not planned.
8:35 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
Pentagon Correspondent Joe R. Tabet has confirmed that a Syrian Missle Strike will happen.
9 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13th
President Trump announces to the Nation that he will launch missiles into Syria.
In his speech, the President called out the nations of Russia and Iran to halt the funding and geopolitical support of Syria.
The United States seeks no indefinite position in Syria.
-President Donald Trump
9:03 PM EASTERN
The first missiles have struck targets in Syria.
Huge blasts were also reported in Damascus, the capital of the Nation.
Video of the blasts:
Syrian forces attempted to shoot the missiles down, as seen here:
9:20 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
British Prime Minister Theresa May makes the first statement of the night regarding the strikes:
A Pentagon briefing has been slated for 10 PM Eastern.
9:25 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
More details on the strikes are coming in:
9:35-9:50 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
Fox News is reporting that the British and French have aided the US in the strikes. Manned aircraft are being used in the attack as well.
Syrian State TV announced that the Government will be launching counter-attacks.
More pictures of the attacks and counterstrikes are being posted on social media:
Russia is reportedly defending Damascus alongside the Syrian Government.
9:50 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
Two massive updates at 10 till 10 Eastern.
- Hezbollah HQ hit by US Coalition Strikes
2. Russia is activating planes over Syria. Their purpose has not been discerned yet.
10 PM EASTERN, APRIL 13TH
The Pentagon is currently holding a Press Conference regarding the strikes, as attacks continue in Syria.