Trump Orders Strikes On Syria In Retaliation For Chemical Attack

President Trump says U.S. military strikes are underway in Syria

By Eline Gordts and Willa Frej
President Donald Trump ordered military strikes on Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

Trump announced in a Friday night press conference that a combined operation in collaboration with France and the United Kingdom was underway.

“The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump told the American people.

The president detailed that the coordinated strikes would hit targets associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapon capabilities. Minutes after the announcement, journalists from Reuters and The Associated Press reported hearing loud blasts over Damascus, the Syrian capital.
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