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Trump's winding road to strikes in Syria

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump launched strikes on Syria this evening, in a combined effort with France and the U.K. "My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said.

Flashback: Just a little over a week ago, Trump was urging a total withdrawal from Syria, and his administration was anticipating a “rapid end” to military operations there. Below, how we got from there to here...