WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) – President Donald Trump says the United States has “launched precision strikes” on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night. He says a “combined operation” with France and the United Kingdom is underway.

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Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a “significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.”

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Loud explosions lit up the skies and heavy smoke could be seen over the Syrian capital as President Trump announced airstrikes.

 

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