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

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

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.
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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.

Targets of the U.S.-led strike in Syria on Saturday April 14, 2018.
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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.

In a statement released Saturday evening, Netanyahu also reaffirmed Israel's support of Trump's airstrikes. "A year ago, I declared Israel’s full support for Trump’s decision to take a stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons. President Trump’s resolve and Israel’s support remain unchanged," Netanyahu said.

Russia and Iran warned of "consequences" after the strike. "The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries," the Russian embassy in the U.S. said in a statement.