Trump declares Syria airstrikes 'mission accomplished'

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The US, France and the United Kingdom launched precision airstrikes in Syria during Saturday's pre-dawn hours as a retaliatory measure for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on civilians in Douma last week.

"Could not have had a better result". He was maligned on social media for using the phrase "mission accomplished", which became notorious in 2003 when then-President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" two months into what would become an eight-year-long war in Iraq.

Another question revealed that the USA bombardment was actually carried out before the Pentagon was able to fully process all the evidence it says it had regarding the gas attack.

"A perfectly executed strike last night". Inherent in effective deterrence is instilling fear and uncertainty in the mind of the adversary - fear that they would suffer unacceptable consequences for taking an action, and uncertainty about the exact parameters of the next retaliatory attack. "We hit our sites", White said.

Later, Trump tweeted: "Mission Accomplished".

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Saturday escalated a war of words between Washington and Moscow, slamming Russia's condemnation of the United States-led military response to the latest alleged chemical attack in Syria as a "disinformation campaign".

Asked if the action had also been a warning to Russia, Mrs May said: "The action that took place last night was an action which was focused on degrading and deterring the operational capability and the willingness of the Syrian regime to continue to use chemical weapons".

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, '" Haley said at emergency Security Council talks.

"We are confident we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons program", Haley said.

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Russian Federation and Syria have denied that chemical weapons were used at all and said their own investigators had been to the area and found no trace of them. Assad and Russian Federation have denied roles in the attack.

In central Damascus, dozens of Syrians arrived on bicycles, on foot and in cars spray painted with the red, white, and black colors of the Syrian flag, blaring patriotic tunes.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed.

The allied attack set off a fierce worldwide debate about whether it was justified.

After the vote the Russian envoy, Vassily Nebenzia said "Today is a very sad day for the world, the United Nations, its charter, which was blatantly, blatantly violated".

She added: 'We agreed that is was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies'. Russian military assistance since 2015 has allowed Assad to break a stalemate with the rebels, some of whom are backed by the United States.

Reporters addressed the US' reluctance to share their proof of chemical weapons use by the Syrian authorities, which the U.S. said justified the missile strikes.

General Joseph F Dunford said the first target was a facility located in the greater Damascus area "for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology". Syrian time, about 9 p.m.

Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Mr Assad's chemical weapons arsenal. These strikes are a retaliation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's poison gas attack that killed around 60 people last week in Syria.

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