Trump orders military strikes on Syria in retaliation for chemical attack — Video

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On Friday night, President Trump told the nation that his administration had ordered a military strike against selected targets in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack launched by Syrian President Bashar Assad against a Damascus suburb on April 7.

“A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,” he said.

“A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,” he added.

Trump also referred to Assad as a “monster” for deploying chemical weapons against civilians.

He directly challenged Russia and Iran to rethink their support of Assad’s regime.

According to Time:

The U.S. strike in Syria comes after a similar operation almost exactly one year ago, during which American forces launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting an airbase from which Assad launched a chemical weapons attack several days beforehand.

Trump’s decision stands to further complicate Syria’s already complex civil war. The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Turks, Israelis and more have all been involved in Syria’s bloodshed to varying degrees, turning it into a proxy battleground for various global interests.

Syria has been engulfed in fighting since 2011, when civil unrest tied to the Arab Spring movement escalated into a full-blown rebellion against Assad.

The president has been considering an attack on Syria for the last five days.

Video of Trump’s full statement can be seen below, starting at about the 3:35 minute mark:

This is a developing story.  Updates to be added as they are available.

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