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US and allies launch strikes on Syria's chemical weapons facilities

Operation comes ahead of Trump's meeting with North Korea's Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the Syrian air strike at the White House on Friday.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday evening that he had ordered precision strikes on Syria targeting President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said the strikes were carried out at 9 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time and targeted a scientific research center in the greater Damascus area, a chemical-weapons storage facility near the western Syrian city of Homs, and a storage facility and command post in the vicinity.

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