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Smoke Rises Over Damascus After US Launches Strikes

The US, France, and Britain launched coordinated strikes against areas of Syria under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the early hours of Saturday, April 14.Videos posted on Facebook Live shortly after the announcement from President Donald Trump shows smoke rising over Damascus as residents reported hearing aircraft and explosions. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes aimed to "to destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research development and production capabilities.”The strikes are in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against the rebel-held enclave of Douma in East Ghouta on April 7.This video taken from Babila in south Damascus shows smoke rising above the city. Credit: Abdo Zitoun via Storyful

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