US President Donald Trump announced late Friday that “precision strikes” on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria were underway.

Trump stressed that the military strikes were ongoing and that France and the United Kingdom were joining in the action.

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said in a televised address from the White House.

Trump had spent the last few days huddling with his senior military advisers and speaking to allies France and Britain in deciding what action to take after a deadly suspected gas attack in Douma, the largest town in the former rebel-held bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

 

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