President Donald Trump announced Friday he has approved military strikes in Syria in response to the April 7 poison gas attack in that country.
President Trump made the announcement after 9 p.m. that the strikes were already underway.
Earlier, the U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range as Trump and his national security aides mulled the scope and timing of an expected military assault.
Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted that Russia should “get ready” because a missile attack “will be coming” at Syria, Moscow’s chief Middle East ally. The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for U.S. strikes.