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President Trump's rhetoric in action - Russia condemns US air strikes
in Syria and promises to strengthen the country's air defence systems.
A barrage of tomahawk missiles hits Syria's second largest airbase -
from where the chemical weapons attack's believed
Tonight, I call on all civilized nations join us in seeking
to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.
The dramatic reversal of his previous policy
on Syria eclipses the visit of China's President Xi -
At least three people are killed and many injured as a lorry ploughs
into showers in the Swedish capital Stockholm.
I could see bodies lying in the street and I could see the police
covering a body with a orange blanket.
The first American military strike against President Assad's regime -
With much of the west lining up behind Washington -
and President Trump's apparent restoration of the US
being the world's policeman - Russia has condemned the attack
as an "act of aggression against a sovereign nation".
President Trump authorised the missile strike on the Shayrat
air base, from where it's believed this week's deadly
chemical weapons attack in northern Syria was launched.
Nine civilians, including four children, and seven soldiers
Our north America editor Jon Sopel reports on the strike and what it
says about a dramatic change in the Trump administration's
It was after dark on the east coast of America and before the sun had
risen in the Middle East when the commander in
From two US war ships, a volley of cruise missiles
were fired at a military air base, that has been used, say
the Americans, to launch the chemical weapons attack on Idlib.
It is in the vital security interest of the
United States to prevent and to deter the spread and use of deadly
There can be no dispute that Syria used banned
chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical
weapons convention and ignored the urging
The grotesque after-effects of the attack, the United States believe
a nerve agent was used, horrified the world and
A line had been crossed and unlike his
Assad choked the lives of men, women and children.
It was a slow and brutal death for so many.
Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this
No child of God should ever suffer such horror.
What is astonishing is the speed with which this administration has
changed its policy to Syria and decided to act.
At the start of week, President Trump saw Bashar
al-Assad as a useful ally against Islamic State.
But the chemical weapons attack changed everything and
within two days, targets had been identified and struck.
Here is what we know about the attack.
59 Tomahawk missiles were issued from the eastern Med.
It is deep in government-held territory.
Targets included, aircraft, fuel depots and radar.
Because Russian forces are also at the base, Russia
was informed of the attack in advance.
The aftermath shows damage at the base, but hardly devastation.
The Pentagon said it didn't target the runways,
the aim was to destroy the infrastructure that allows the base
to function and the attack has brought the president support.
The president was authorised to conduct
the strike, he is not asking for a declaration of war,
he was dealing with circumstances and as
the commander in chief not only did he have the right,
Despite the enthusiasm we can see, to quote Churchill, it is
the end of the beginning not the beginning of the end.
Donald Trump who didn't want to get embroiled in
foreign conflict has just ordered US forces
address last night he didn't sound like an isolationist.
Good night and God bless America and the entire world.
The president, not yet 100 days in, has travelled a
Our Correspondent, Barbara Plett Usher is in Florida
where President Trump is meeting the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Dramatic reversal of strategy. Also potentially, Barbara, in message
that won't be lost on his guest for the past few days. Now, I suppose
not in the sense that President Trump are strong that he is ready
and willing to use military force when he feels he needs to and there
is a discussion about a potential conflict with the Chinese offered
effective North Korea. President Trump has sounded at times quite
bellicose about North Korea suggesting even obliquely that they
might be willing to oblige a creative strike. I would be careful
about comparisons. It had a particular objective about deserving
observing chemical weapons. North Korea would be a vastly different
situation. The risks are in love -- are a lot higher. The risks of war
are quite high. It would be quite destructive. The message is that Mr
Trump is prepared to be militarily when he feels it's necessary and
possible. Drawing comparisons between different conflict zones is
not the correct way to see it. The United States has said it
could take further military action against the Syrian government
after firing missiles at a Syrian airbase, from which Washington
believes a chemical weapons Our correspondent Laura Trevelyan's
on Capitol Hill, where Senators have The senators have just about
everything when they receive more detail on the strike last night.
Possible next steps. I've only spoken to one senator that was
completely opposed to what happened. He is a Republican from Kentucky's
Angie says that the president should always get authorisation from
Congress before lodging in military strike. I have been taking the
temperature on both sides of the aisle. I asked for reaction to last
night 's right. What we know happened here was for the second
time and probably multiple other times. Is that basically killed
thousands of people, little children, Jordan to death on glass.
Defence who responded in this way and simply went after the field from
from which these chemicals were lodged was the right thing to do.
She made the point that a number of lawmakers have been making the same
point that they must be consulted if the west escalate the conflict. I've
also spoken to any Republican senator who was very critical last
week when it seemed that members of the Trump administration were
suggesting that it was a political reality that President Assad would
stay in office and he said to me that he is worried about the wider
Middle East strategy from the White House. My concern is that the banner
demonstration and the first months of the club administration, there
hasn't been a clear strategy from either Eddie Obama or from
administration. We need to address some of the specific issues, whether
it is Aleppo, the chemical attacks or whether it is the migration flows
that have affected your work, Turkey and Jordan and other allies. --
affected Europe. It has been hailed as a critical first step and asking
what the administration will do next. The big question is what is
the next strategy? Russia, which supports
President Assad, has reacted angrily -
accusing the United States There would be negative
consequences, it said, the US strike, according
to Prime Minister Medvedev, "on the verge of engaging
in military encounters with Russia". Moscow also accused President Trump
of damaging the fight against terrorism and so-called
Islamic State group in Syria. Our Moscow Correspondent,
Steve Rosenberg, has this report Until recently, the Russian
media have been singing Today, state TV accused him
of an unprovoked show of force with the missile strike he ordered
on a civilian air base. Moscow said it was a gross,
groundless violation It's definitely an aggressive act
against international law, against a sovereign country,
and without any true evidence of the Assad regime
using chemical weapons. It is Russian military
power that's been keeping Russia's air force and navy
is helping Syria's leader turn the tide of the country's civil war
and boosting Moscow's Today, the Kremlin accused
Washington of inventing a pretext Those American Tomahawks may have
been targeting the Syrian military, but judging by what the Kremlin has
been saying, it's US-Russia relations that will take
a real battering out as a result The Russians had been hoping
that with Donald Trump in the White House relations
with America would improve. So far, there's been
no sign of that. Today, Moscow suspended a deal
designed to prevent incidents between US and Russian
warplanes over Syria. Which means that we have two big
military powers in the area operating without any contact
and any coordination, The Russians are hoping that this US
strike was a one-off, but tonight, they are strengthening air defence
systems across Syria, just in case. Until this week's chemical
attack in northern Syria, President Trump had appeared set
against any intervention against Our Middle East Editor,
Jeremy Bowen, reports now on the implications of the US strike
for the six-year Syrian war. The war crime that killed so many
in a village pushed the Americans The long-term impact
on the war itself depends More chemical attacks would provoke
a tougher American response. But the US might accept a return
to conventional killing. The Syrian regime denies it has ever
used chemical weapons. I think President Trump himself
knows that Syria did not use any chemical weapons,
it does not have any chemical weapons, as it has given
all its stock pile too the international organisation
responsible for that. The Americans say they have clear
that the proof that the Syrian forces carried out war crimes,
they're certain of that, that is why they carried
out this raid. 14 years after the invasion of Iraq,
we see Iraq has been destroyed. Syria is the second secular state
after Iraq that is being targeted by the west,
simply because it is secular and it has an army and it is against
the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In one of the Damascus suburbs,
people stopped believing the regime years ago and want more military
action from the Americans. TRANSLATION: We hope that any
foreign intervention will be an intervention to bring an end
to the suffering of the Syrian TRANSLATION: The solution
is for the Assad regime The end of massacres,
the end of targeting of civilians. A reason why the war is so hard
to stop is that so many With different interests
and objectives. President Assad's main allies
are Russia and Iran. These days the rebels still fighting
the regime are mainly Some approved by the west and some
are jihadists. There is also the war
against so-called Islamic State. Think of it all as
layers of conflict. And sometimes they intersect
and now Donald Trump has The events at Khan Sheikhoun
and the US response will force the Syrian regime to take
American threats more seriously, Force equals influence in Syria
and more foreign intervention I'm joined now by former
State Department official Vali Nasr, who is now dean
of the Johns Hopkins School What does this tell us about
President Trump's international doctrine? Driven on a motion? It's
driven on domestic consideration. He had no option to act on the red line
that President Obama didn't because otherwise he would be accused of
being no different than President Obama. He has found that his America
first strategy does not work and he is acting as the policeman of the
world and gone back to the of the United states upholding
international law. This was a one-off strike. What happens if
another chemical attack or another atrocity? He has said -- set the
precedent. He is also already crossed the line in which he now
owns this conflict more than he did before. His allies in the Middle
East, it be expected that the US will set order in Syria. The problem
with President Trump is that he's never said what is interested in
Syria. The consequences of this in terms of blowback potentially, the
relations with Russia, they are now dead, I do? They are not where they
were. The two may find a way to get back to the middle but the Russians
are clearly not happy with any American action in serve that would
chose injury week or forced the Russians to reassert their imperial
grandeur. This is viewed as a challenge and they would have to
react. He might have a cycle that reflect itself in Ukraine and
elsewhere as well. -- you might have a cycle. This is a man who many
pupils are at an amateur. Now he looks like a world leader. He is
eclipsing some domestic problems. We always knew he was decisive. He was
decidedly non-in favour of intervention.
This has forced in this direction. Asset created a situation in which
Trump could not say no to the general is already traditional
foreign policy people. We should not offer a bridge into this. Trump was
not driven by the facts or conflict by what it would mean domestic
league defeated the same as what President Obama did. Russia, Iran
are completely against him and the coalition behind. Russia and Iran
are supporters of assets. Even if they think that President Assad
roentgen four and jeopardise their position, they still cannot publicly
criticise the other or condone any American punishment of Assad.
Privately, I suspect they are pretty furious with Assad.
You can get much more on the US attack on Syria
on the BBC News website, but now it's back to
London where Kasia has the rest of the day's news.
One other story dominating the news today -
a lorry has been driven into a crowd of pedestrians in Stockholm,
killing at least three people and injuring many others.
The Swedish Prime Minister said everything suggested
The incident happened outside a department store on a busy
pedestrian shopping street at around two o'clock local time.
The driver of the truck is still at large and police
Our security correspondent, Frank Gardner, has the latest.
A moment of panic in a peaceful city.
This was Stockholm this afternoon, as people fled in terror
from a truck which appeared to drive deliberately into crowds of shoppers
TRANSLATION: I saw exactly where the lorry went in, just there.
There wasn't much of a reaction, then the police arrived.
The police just said, you have to run.
Initial reports said two people were killed,
then at least three, and several injured.
Stockholm has seen nothing like this for years.
The truck crashed into a department store and caught fire.
The brewery company that owned it said a man hijacked it
You could actually see bodies lying on the street and I could see
the police covering the body with an orange blanket.
There were lots of police around, lots of people standing around
There was a lady laying with a severed foot,
there was blood everywhere, there were bodies on
People standing by their loved ones, but also people running away.
The Swedish authorities say they had no warning of this attack.
The question now is, who did it and why?
The police have issued these pictures of a man
they want to question, while the Prime Minister says Sweden
TRANSLATION: The government is informed of the situation
We support all the authorities that are working on this,
and we are asking the public to be alert and listen to police advice.
At least two people are dead and our thoughts are with their families.
Whoever was behind today's attack, this has been a huge shock,
not just for Sweden, but for all of Scandinavia.
Security is now being tightened in neighbouring Norway and Finland.
Already, some are saying this has been a wake-up call.
Our correspondent, Maddy Savage, is live at the scene of the attack
He can speak to the former Prime Minister of Sweden. Sweden is in
shock. Do you have any indication as to who is behind this? No, nothing.
The police are searching for that. There are right behind me. Along the
pedestrian street, where the man was driving before he crashed into the
department store. I think we will just have to wait for the police to
do their work and eventually find out who was responsible. We.... The
cover and Swedish minister has said that everything poised to visiting
an act of terrorism. Do you agree? Yes, certainly. We saw this pattern
in Berlin and London. A single man. Hijacking a lorry and driving into
pedestrians with a clear intention of killing as many as possible. That
is what we call terrorism. Is Sweden prepare for some thing like this? We
live in the world where we live but no one has been killed by terrorists
in this city since 1975. That was the German terrorist blowing up the
embassy. We had a man who attempted to do suicide attack in virtually
the same area in December, 2010. He ended up just blowing up himself.
Apart from that, the other chapters. Swedish people know the world in
which we live because of the media. Because of these particular types of
attacks, it is difficult to guard yourself. Our security correspondent
has been to Sweden and says there is not the same sense of security you
have in the centre of London, not as many crash barriers and not as much
CCTV. You think that'll after these events? London is unique with all of
the CCTV, because of the IRA. Whether that will change, I don't
know. There are privacy issues on board with that as well. Clearly,
they will have to be a review of whether anything further can be
done. Pedestrians are ever cars everywhere, the sorts of things are
very, very difficult to have 100% guarantee against. Slowly the public
transport is becoming operational again. The subway is cleared and
beginning to open. Life is beginning to return to normal. Yes, the
reaction in the street is immediately after attack and has
been amazingly calm. There has been an amount of time while. When you
close down the subway system and worldly system, this prevents
anybody from running away primarily. Apologies recording of blood were
out of time. -- apologies for cutting you off but we are running
out of time. That's all from the problem.