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This is BBC world News. The United States warned it could take further
military action against the Syrian government. After its missile dry on
a Syrian air base, Washington says it will no longer allowed President
Assad to use chemical weapons without consequences. The United
States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do
more. Russia says the strikes could have very serious consequences in
the region and the UN calls for restraint. America 's allies offer
their support. In other news, four people are
killed and many injured as a lorry ploughed into strop is in the
Swedish habit. Holm. There were buddies in the street and I could
see the police covering the body with an orange blanket.
The United States has said it could take further military action
It comes after Washington fired missiles at an airbase from which it
believes President Assad's forces launched a chemical weapons attack.
Addressing an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council,
the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said it is in America's
vital national security interest to prevent the use
Our military destroyed the airfield from which this week's
The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered.
His crimes against humanity could no longer be met with empty words.
It was time to say "Enough" but not only say it, it was time to act.
Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again.
The Syrian government denounced the attack as reckless and irresponsible
but America has had support from other countries.
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 warships, a volley of cruise missiles
air base, that has been used, say the Americans to launch the chemical
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 aftereffects 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 helpless men, women and
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 everybody and
within two days, targets had been identified and struck.
Here what is we know about the attack.
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.
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
The president, not yet 100 days in, has travelled a
Russia - which supports President Assad -
has reacted angrily - accusing the United States
There would be negative consequences it said.
Moscow also accused President Trump of damaging the fight
against terrorism and so-called Islamic State group in Syria.
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
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, its US-Russian
relations that will take a real battering now 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.
Reaction from Moscow pretty much resistant from the reaction of the
security meeting. Our correspondent Nada Tawfik
is in New York where the UN Security Council has been holding
an emergency meeting. A polarised debate at the UN.
Absolutely. We got to hear from several states about their opinion
on the US air strikes. We heard strong language from the US
ambassador saying the US was justified in their actions and that
they would do more if necessary, also calling on the Syrian
government to start engaging in political talks that the UN has been
holding, saying they haven't held up to that agreement. On the side of
the US we had Britain and France saying they thought this was a
legitimate response to what they consider a war crime and really
holding Russia counter to the several failed the toes they have
used to block action against President Assad. On the other hand,
we had those who were upset with the US action, Russia's position. It was
said to be against international law, they didn't get permission from
the UN Security Council, saying that they were the investigator,
attorney, judge, and executioner. We heard this is going to be the end of
the beginning, not the beginning of the beginning, not the beginning of
the end. The ambassador saying that more could happen. Under what
conditions will she talking about? I think she was trying to send the
message that the US will act decisively in the case of any kind
of chemical weapons use, the idea that President Assad and act or
whoever was responsible for the chemical weapons could act without
international reaction, those days are over. What we did see on the
council was disagreement amongst council was disagreement amongst
everyone, really, that we wanted to tempt down the tone of the things,
escalating. The US Secretary General escalating. The US Secretary General
also heard anyone talk when this also heard anyone talk when this
Newlyn has been negotiating in Newlyn has been negotiating in
Geneva. The key question is how the talks really are going to make any
progress for the Syrian people when the seventh year of this conflict
these kinds of division still remain. Thank you.
Until the chemical attack in Syria, President Trump seemed to be against
any intervention. Jeremy Bowen reports evocations of the US strikes
for the seven-year Syrian war. The war crime that killed so many
pushed the Americans into military action. The long-term impact on the
war itself depends on what the Americans do next. More chemical
weapons attacks on civilians might bring a tougher response. The Syrian
regime denies it has ever used chemical weapons. I think Trump
himself knows that Syria did not use any chemical weapons and does not
have any chemical weapons and it has given its stockpile to the
International organisation responsible for that. The Americans
say they have cleared proof that the Syrian Armed Forces carried out war
finds by using nerve gas against civilians, they are certain of that,
that is why they carried out this raid. Four 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 again with the Israeli
occupation of Palestine. In one of the Damascus suburbs in which more
than 1000 people were killed by chemical weapons in 2013, local
people stopped believing the regime years ago. They want more military
action from the Americans. TRANSLATION: We hope that foreign
intervention will bring an end to the suffering of the Syrian people
and not just a single hit. The solution is for the Assad regime to
step away from power, the end of the massacres in Syria, the end of
targeting civilians. A major reason why the Syrian war is so hard to
stop is that so many countries are involved with different interests
and objectives. President Assad's main allies are Russia and Iran, the
biggest Shia Muslim trees. These days, the rebels still fighting the
regime mainly Muslim Sunni Islamist. Some are approved by the West, some
are Jihadis. Revel sometimes fighting but -- each other. There is
also a war against so-called Islamic State led by the US and its allies.
Think of it all as layers of conflict. Sometimes they are
parallel and sometimes they intersect and now Donald Trump has
added a whole new layer. The events and the US response will force the
Syrian regime to take American threats more seriously, including
calls for regime change. What is certain is that more foreign
intervention, no matter Do stay with us. We will be live in
Stockholm with the very latest on a spec it terror attack that truck in
which four people were killed. Today is about the promise of a new
future, a day when a line can be drawn under the bloody past.
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This is BBC News. Our mains dory, after a missile strike on a Syrian
air base, Washington says it will no longer allow President Assad to use
chemical weapons without consequences.
In other news, Swedish police are investigating suspect it terror
attack that killed four people, injuring many others. A man has been
arrested in connection with the attack with his identity not
disclosed. The incident happened outside a department store on the
busy pedestrians treat in the afternoon. People have warned
against travel to send. Holm against -- are less strictly necessary.
Sadly this afternoon panic. People running for their lives. Around the
corner, Laurie has ploughed into a department store. And on its way,
smashing through this pedestrian area, killing and injuring those who
happens to be there. I could actually see bodies lying on the
street, I could see the police covering the body with an orange
blanket. There were lots of police around, lots of people standing
around filming, taking photos. I heard the noise on the screens and
saw the people, as I walked out. There were just outside the store, a
dead dog of the owner screaming, it was a lady laying with a severed
foot, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies on the ground
everywhere. And a sense of panic. People standing by their loved ones
but also people running away. Mainly into the minor streets around. A
sense of sheer panic. After the police and ambulances arrived at the
scene, it became clear this was not an accident. TRANSLATION: Sweden has
been attacked. Everything indicates this is a terrorist act. The
government is doing everything to support the authorities who are
working now and we urge the public to be alert and to listen, not least
to the information from the police. The police locked down the city
centre, the Metro was closed, and government offices shut. They have
not found the truck driver at the scene, it was thought he may have
entered a nearby Metro St -- station to get away. But soon these pictures
were released of a man the police wanted to speak to with connection
with the incident. And now there has been an arrest. After a day in which
four people were killed and many more injured. The people of Sweden
have not suffered an incident like this for many years.
A short while ago, the Swedish Prime Minister gave this statement. Sweden
has been attacked at 2:53pm, a truck violently ram a pedestrian rate in
the heart of our capital, leaving at least four people dead, and 15
people Syriza the injured. -- seriously injured. My thoughts are
first of all with the Vic Tims and their families. In this difficult
moment police and hospitals are doing everything they can to stay
day wise and maintain our safety. Thoughts, concerns, and condiments
is have reached many of us from all around the world and we are grateful
for the many warm expressions of sharing our grief. We are determined
never to let the values that we treasure, democracy, human rights,
and freedom, to be changed by hatred. Let's cross live to
stockholder. Manny Savage is near the scene of the attack. The hunt is
still on for the driver of the truck. The hunt, we understand, is
still on for the driver of the truck. One person has been arrested
person is understood to fit the profile of somebody else or possibly
the same person from a picture that release released earlier on today.
Somebody wearing a light jacket with a black pudding and the leaflet -- a
black pudding underneath it. We haven't even given the name of the
person. We are waiting to find any more information emerges on that.
You might be able to hear distracting traffic in the
background, the roads around the city centre are starting to reopen,
having been closed for several hours, the subway system also
reopening which is allowing a lot of people who were stranded in the city
centre says the attack to finally make it home to their loved ones. As
you heard, the Prime Minister said he will do everything it takes to
make Sweden's safe but I think it is safe to say that while people are
very shocked about a terror attack happening here in a very peaceful
country, this has happened at a time when there has been heightened
national political debate about Sweden's repaired this for an
attack. Very early on, the Prime Minister said everything pointed to
an act of terrorism in this case. Yes, that is understood to be the
case, and that message is still something that he is seeking to
betray. One other thing he mentioned in the press conference earlier was
that he is adding reinforcements to Sweden's borders, to ensure that
safety is maintained there, and also, this Friday night, a lot of
major public places also remaining closed. Shopping mall is, all of
this on and theatres as well, so that police and security forces can
focus their efforts on the places they believe to be most important
for the investigation. Thank you. Here in London, are mainly tourist
two was locked -- knocked into the River Thames last month has died.
31-year-old Andreea Cristea had been visiting London with her boyfriend.
Her death brings the number of people killed by the attacker
There had been a hope that Andreea Cristea would make it.
She was young, she'd been on holiday, about to receive
Doctors at St Bartholomew's said she'd been in a critical
Yesterday, they decided to withdraw life support.
We are saddened by the death of Miss Andreea Cristea
She had been receiving care here since the Westminster terror
attacks, having been initially treated at the Royal
And our thoughts are with her friends and family
I'd like to pay tribute to all the staff who showed
great care and compassion in looking after her.
Her family praised the kindness and empathy shown by medical
After fighting for her life for over two weeks, they said,
our beloved and irrepressible Andreea, wonderful daughter, sister,
partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life-loving
person you can imagine, was cruelly and brutally ripped away
from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.
She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that
will for ever keep on shining in our hearts.
Khalid Masood can't have cared who he targeted that day,
using a blunt weapon, a hire car.
He mowed down his victims, somehow sending Andreea over
the railing of the bridge and into the river.
Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochrane and PC Keith Palmer
The inquest into their deaths has been adjourned, but it will consider
what happened in precise detail that day.
The benefit the coroner has is the sheer number of witnesses.
It's thought 1,500 people may have seen what happened.
Last week, Andrei Burnaz laid a single flower in memory
of the woman he'd hoped would be his wife.
Today, for all the victims, the flowers, the candles
Senators in the United States have confirmed as the preening quart
judge following a battle over the post. It is seen as the biggest
success so far for president tramp. -- resident trumps. -- President
Trump. There are rallies in South Africa
demanding the resignation of the president following his dismissal of
the finance minister. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep
the rival groups of them as traitors apart. -- the groups of
demonstrators. Lots more on our website. From us,
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