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Map: Where the airstrikes hit in Syria

Three locations were targeted and hit in Friday night's U.S.-led airstrikes in coordination with France and the United Kingdom: Barzah Research and Development Center, Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site, and Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker.

Data: Conflict Monitor by IHS Markit as of April 9; Map: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
  • Barzah Research and Development Center: Just northeast of central Damascus and a few miles from Douma. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last night that "this military facility was a Syrian center for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology."
  • Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site: About 15 miles west of Homs. It was the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment, as described by Dunford.
  • Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker: Near the above weapons storage site and west of Homs. It "contained both a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post," said Dunford.
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Lifting of Saudi Arabia's movie ban signals cultural shift

Saudi ministers and AMC executives at the first movie screening in the country since the 1980s. Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater for the first time on Wednesday evening in a groundbreaking moment for the country, AP's Aya Batrawy reports from Riyadh.

Why it matters: The screening was private and invitation-only, but it was a clear marker of change in the country as it ushers in a new era of progressivism for the country.

Mike Allen 2 hours ago
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David Cameron's new project: fragile states

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Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington today for the release of "Escaping the fragility trap," a report on fragile states by a commission he chaired.

Why it matters: "State fragility drives some of the biggest problems in our world today: extreme poverty, mass migration, terrorism, trafficking, and more."