Airstrike in Syria
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The United States, Britain, and France on Friday night attacked eight pre-selected targets in Syria.

The strike comes in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent use of chemical weapons against civilians in Douma.

The strike was carried out via air and sea, and included 100 cruise missiles aimed at the targets. According to Syrian media, three people were injured in an attack on a security facility in Homs.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump told reporters: "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. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway."

Trump also noted that the US and its allies "are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents."

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement, "We said that such a transgression would not go unanswered. We have noted the systematic deadlock at the Security Council. We have therefore acted in accordance with our word and our responsibility, in coordination with our allies."

"Assad’s regime has deliberately broken the taboo there has been on the use of chemical weapons since the beginning of the 20ᵗʰ century. For the last seven years, it has constantly breached international standards with the greatest disrespect for the law of war and basic humanity."