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BREAKING: Coalition assault underway in Syria

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BREAKING: President Trump has announced the international coalition has begun its military assault on the Syrian government

The United States, France and the United Kingdom are all currently launching missile strikes against the Assad regime after a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week reportedly left dozens dead, including several children. 

The chemical attack, denied by President Assad’s government, was carried out in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday. The U.S. and France say the attack is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria signed in 2013. The French Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council, Francois Delattre, said that Syria’s Government has reached a “point of no return” by using chemical weapons. Meanwhile, Russia has accused the UK of faking the attack, an allegation Britain dismissed as a “grotesque, blatant lie”.

Russia – whose forces are in Syria supporting the Assad regime – said missile strikes would risk starting a war. Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that missiles would be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel came under threat.

As tensions escalate, Syrian Ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the UN Security Council: The country will have “no other choice” but to defend itself if the West launches military action, adding, “This is not a threat. This is a promise.”

Earlier today UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “the Cold War is back – with a vengeance, but with a difference” because safeguards that managed the risk of escalation in the past “no longer seem to be present”. He went on to say the Middle East is in such “peril” today that it has become a threat to international peace and security. He claimed Syria “represents” the most serious threat.”

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FACT CHECK: Did President Obama lie about his knowledge of Hillary Clinton using a private email address

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BNL News tweeted that President Obama ‘lied’ about his knowledge of Hillary Clinton using a private email address

However this claim is misleading,

News reports from that period back up the claim Obama denied knowledge of the use of a private email however The White House clarified that he was referring to his knowledge of the fact that she ran it out of her home.

New York Times Report (Click To View)

However the White House later clarified that Obama was referring to Clinton’s apparently lack of compliance with State Department rules by not submitting the communications as formal records for nearly six years.

“Yes, he was aware of her email address. He traded emails with her,” Earnest said. “But he was not aware of her personal email server or that she was using it exclusively for all her business.”

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A FactCheck.org article goes through this in depth, Click Here To Read

NewsThisSecond rates the claim misleading due to the tweet suggesting former President Obama lied.

 

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READ: Inspector General Report on Justice Department, FBI, Clinton emails

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READ:House GOP interim findings on Clinton email investigation

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A Republican-authored document detailing some of the preliminary findings of a joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees into the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

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