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Precision airstrikes underway in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities after a weekend poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people on April 7.

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman departs with its strike group towards the Middle East from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. April 11, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nunez Jr./Handout via REUTERS

Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was under way.

“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.

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