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Trump orders strikes against Syria after chemical weapons attack
By Lena Reece
Saturday 14/04/2018
US President Donald Trump

The US, UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.

The strikes are in response to a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

US President Trump said in an address to the nation that a combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.

Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.

The government's main ally, Russia, issued a statement through its US ambassador, saying such actions will not be left without consequences.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use.

French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed his country's participation in the operation.

According to two US military officials, at least one US Navy warship based in the Red Sea participated in today’s strikes.

CCN reports that according to two US defence officials  US B‑1 bombers were also used in the strikes in Syria.

Source: CNN/BBC 

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