Trump Adviser Bolton Coordinated U.S.-led Strike in Syria With Israel

In this image released by the US Department of Defense, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk land-attack missile on April 14, 2018. PHOTO: Matthew Daniels/AFP/DoD

Bolton spoke with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabbat, to coordinate the U.S.-led attack on Syria early Saturday morning

By Noa Landau | 15 April 2018

HAARETZ — The White House was in touch with Jerusalem ahead of the overnight airstrikes on Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke in the last few days with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabbat, to coordinate details of the U.S.-led attack on Syria, which took place early Saturday morning.

The U.S. and its allies France and the U.K. launched an overnight strike on multiple Syrian targets, in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad regime’s chemical attack a week ago. The targets included research centers in Damascus believed to have produced chemical weapons.

Trump said Washington was prepared to “sustain” pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. […]

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