Justin Trudeau supports U.S., British, and French military air strikes on Syria

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      Tonight, Canada's prime minister has endorsed three western countries' military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

      The bombing by U.S., British, and French fighter jets came in response to the suspected use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta. 

      “Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people," Trudeau said in a statement. “We will continue to work with our international partners to further investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Those responsible must be brought to justice.”

      Canada did not participate in the military mission.‎

      Trudeau's statement echoed a previous message of support in April 2017 after the U.S. rained Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian air base. This followed another alleged chemical weapon attack on civilians by the Assad regime. 

      Tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific daylight time, Trump announced the bombing campaign, describing the release of chemical agents as the "crimes of a monster". He characterized the U.S., British, and French, attacks as "precision" strikes.

      "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stop its use of prohibited chemical agents," Trump warned.

      Yesterday, Russia told the world that Syrian forces loyal to Assad retook Eastern Ghouta. The town of Douma was the last rebel-held city in this area, which is near the capital of Damascus.

      The attack comes on the same weekend that former FBI director James Comey will appear in a televised interview to discuss his new book.

      The White House has repeatedly castigated Comey, who was fired on May 9, 2017.

      In one tweet, Trump called him an "untruthful slime ball" and in another the president accused him of lying to Congress under oath.

      For his part, Comey tweeted in March: "Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not."