Trump orders strikes against Syria over chemical weapons attack

Saturday, 2018-04-14 08:20:28
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US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, US, April 13, 2018. (Photo:Reuters)
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US President Donald Trump on April 13 (local time) ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last week.

Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was under way and that they were prepared to sustain the response until Syria stopped its use of chemical weapons.

"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.

As he spoke, explosions were heard in Damascus.

"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons," Trump said.