President orders armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with chemical weapons in the wake of gas attack on Douma

2.12am BST

Donald Trump has finished speaking now. A Pentagon briefing, presumably shedding light on the targets, will follow in 50 minutes. Stay with us as we make sense of what has happened and will happen.

2.10am BST

A little flair is entering his statement now: Trump refers to the “righteous power” of the US, UK and France in acting in the region. He urges Americans to say a prayer. He finishes with: “We pray that god will bring comfort to the suffering and guide the whole region.”

2.09am BST

“The US will be a partner and a friend but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”

2.08am BST

“America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria. We look forward to the day when we…

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