PUTIN UNHINGED: FURIOUS RUSSIAN LEADER ORDERS MILITARY RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S ‘ACT OF AGGRESSION’

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an angry response on Friday to president Donald Trump’s military strike against Syria.

Calling Trump’s order to strike an airbase facility in Syrian on Thursday evening an “act of aggression”, Putin pulled the plug on a longstanding agreement of military cooperation with the United States, calling the military strike on Syria “a disgraceful act”.

Following the announcement of Russia’s withdraw from the agreement, a Russian warship entered the eastern Mediterranean, navigating itself directly toward the area where two U.S. Navy destroyers launched the missile strikes. Upon obtaining intelligence of the ship’s entry, one of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria was ordered back to an undisclosed location to rearm.

According to a military spokesperson, the warship is engaged in a high rate of speed and it’s intentions are unknown.

In further response to the attack, Putin said his military would work to bolster Syria’s air defense systems in an effort to provide military aide to it’s ally.

“In order to protect the most sensitive objects of the Syrian infrastructure, a system of measures to bolster and increase the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ air defense systems will be implemented,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Friday.

Trump’s strike against Syria came in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians on Tuesday that killed at least 70 people and sickened hundreds more. Intelligence reports suggest that the Syrian government was, itself, behind the attack, an allegation that it’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, denies.

After being briefed on the gas attack, President Trump said he was “horrified” and “sickened” at the images of dead children who were casualties of the attack.

“No child of god should ever suffer such horror,” President Trump said on Thursday after ordering the strike. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

In a separate statement, a spokesperson from the Kremlin called the attacks against Syria unwarranted and cited a UN report that declared Syria free of chemical weapons.

“Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation,” said the spokesperson. “This move by Washington has dealt a serious blow to Russian-US relations, which are already in a poor state.”

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BREAKING: RUSSIAN WAR SHIPS MOVE TOWARD U.S. MILITARY VESSELS IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military officials have confirmed reports that Russia warships are now heading toward U.S. Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. These reports are just coming in and details are still unclear but the move toward the Navy destroyers follows this morning’s response by the Russian government in which it condemned Trump’s Thursday order of a military strike against Syria, Russia’s ally, as an “act of aggression”.

I will bring you details as they break.

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BREAKING: U.S. LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES AGAINST SYRIA

The U.S. military has launched an airstrike against a Syrian airfield.

President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against the rogue nation in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials.

The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by the new president, comes just one day after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed many, many lines,” that resulted in the deaths of 27 children.

The missiles fired, reportedly as many as 50, were fired from a U.S. Navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

An official statement on the escalation is expected shortly.

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TERROR IN LONDON: 4 DEAD AFTER KNIFE WIELDING ATTACKER WREAKS HAVOC OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

LONDON, ENGLAND — Four people, including a London police officer, are confirmed dead after a knife wielding suspect launched an attack outside the U.K.’s parliament on Wednesday. In addition to those killed, at least twenty others are confirmed injured, three of which are police officers.

London police were called to the Parliament building at around 2:40 p.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EST) in response to reports of a vehicle crashing into a crowd at Westminster Bridge.

Police say the driver of the vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, leapt from the car and began hacking passersby with a knife.

The attacker was shot by police and later confirmed dead.

Deputy Commisssioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley told reporters that all the information they’ve received leads them to believe that only one attacker was involved.

“Sadly, I can confirm that now four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting Parliament, and one man that we believe to be the attacker who was shot by police fire at the scene,” said Rowley. “We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker. But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

“This is the day we have planned for but we hoped would never happen,” Rowley continued. “Sadly, it’s now a reality.”

According to a spokesperson for the National Security Council, president Trump was briefed on the attack shortly after it occurred and immediately called British Prime Minister Theresa May where he offered his condolences.

In addition to offering his condolences, Trump promised May the full cooperation and support of the US government in “responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”

The US State Department echoed Trump’s support for the U.K. in a statement issued shortly after the attack.

“We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the statement.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also condemned the attack during his daily press briefing on Wednesday, and praised the quick response by police officials and first responders on the scene.

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TAKING DOWN ISIS: TRUMP REVERSES OBAMA’S POLICY ON DRONE STRIKES; RETURNS LAUNCH AUTHORITY TO CIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In yet another hit to the legacy of former president Barack Obama, president Donald Trump has again authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, a direct reversal to the policy once held under the Obama administration.

U.S. officials announced the change in policy on Tuesday in what the Trump administration says is a move to step up the fight against Islamic State and other militant groups.

Under the policies of the former Obama administration, the CIA used drones and other intelligence resources to locate suspected terrorists but only military agents were authorized to carry out an actual strike.

According to the feds, the agency first utilized its new authority to strike in late February in an attack on a senior al Qaeda leader in Syria, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri. The strike in northern Syria on Mr. Masri, a son-in-law of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, had been reported, but the fact that the CIA was the agency behind the strike was not reported until this week.

Upon hearing the announcement, a spokesman for the ACLU was quick to criticize the president’s change in policy.

“There are a lot of problems with the drone program and the targeted killing program, but the CIA should be out of the business of ordering lethal strikes,” said Christopher Anders, deputy director of the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union. “That decision on whether to strike or not to strike, and that order should be coming from through the military chain of command. The CIA should be a foreign intelligence gathering and analysis organization — not a paramilitary one,” he said.

Spokesmen for the Pentagon and the CIA declined to issue further comment.

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