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Trump Bizarrely Declares 'Mission Accomplished' To Describe Syrian Airstrikes

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Freda Brock | 16 April, 2018, 11:29

Later he tweeted: "Mission accomplished".

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

"A superbly executed strike", Trump tweeted after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched greater than 100 missiles practically unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

In May 2003, President Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" - just six weeks after the invasion. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, mentioned in a video, "Earlier than we took motion, the USA communicated with" Russia to "scale back the hazard of any Russian or civilian casualties".

"We've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program", said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma later on Saturday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack on April 7.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

Russian Federation and Iran referred to as using drive by the USA and its allies a "army crime" and "act of aggression".

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Syria media reported that several of these strikes were intercepted, but Pentagon spokesperson Dana White dismissed these claims.

Washington described its targets as a center near Damascus for the research, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs, and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post.

As of Saturday, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, Pentagon officials said.

While there appears to be no immediate alternative to the so-called Geneva Process that would lead to a political transition in Syria, several senior US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink.

"I'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future, but I suspect that they'll think long and hard about it based on the activities of last night", the lieutenant general said. "The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless", Bush said. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned in Brussels that the assault was about guaranteeing that chemical weapons can't be used with impunity.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

But he appeared to conflict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain this response" if Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons.

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