Activists worry United States airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on the Syria airstrikes at the Pentagon on Friday night

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on the Syria airstrikes at the Pentagon on Friday night

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader said Moscow called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain and France.

But France's foreign minister said there was "no doubt" the Assad government was responsible, and he threatened further retaliatory strikes if chemical weapons were used again, as did Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, who said the assault was a "one-time shot", as long as chemical weapons weren't used again.

On Saturday, Trump called the strike "perfectly executed", on Twitter, writing, "mission accomplished!". He claimed his use of the term was intentional and that he knew the "Fake News Media" would seize on his use of it.

With Russian involvement in Syria and Moscow condemning Saturday's allied missile strike, Haley acknowledged that U.S.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US -led invasion of Iraq.

The then-president stood before a massive banner that read "Mission Accomplished", though US troops had actually been deployed in the area just a month before.

"More bombings and the continued presence of 2,000 US troops in northeast Syria. would undoubtedly prolong the war and the suffering of Syria's people", Glass told USA TODAY.

"We've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program", said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. No golf and grandkids talk (give us all a break)!

"This very easily could happen in the United States if we're not smart and if we're not conscious of what's happening". "But we did a strike a year ago for that same goal, and it was deemed a success, but the chemical weapons have continued to be used".

Russian Federation also decried the USA -led operation as a failure, saying the majority of the rockets fired at Syria were intercepted by the Syrian government's air defense systems. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20% of the Syrian air force. Russian Federation has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.

May on Saturday made her case for action in the face of opposition from much of the public and the Labour Party, saying in a further statement it was highly likely Assad's regime had used chemical weapons.

US defense officials say they have high confidence chlorine gas was used and are still assessing evidence indicating the presence of sarin gas. Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russian Federation of trying to protect the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Pentagon on Saturday said all the targets in Syria were successfully hit and there were no interceptions. The operation targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities - one in the capital of Damascus and two others near Homs, near the border with northern Lebanon.

President Barack Obama, had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In May 2003, less than two months after the US military launched its invasion and occupation of Iraq, President George W. Bush arrived on USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the co-pilot's seat of a Navy fighter jet. Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals and is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say.

But he added that Trump now must "present a long-term strategy to the American people, and he must win their support before taking further military action". "Better than a military strike would be serious discussions between the US and Russian Federation on ending the conflict".

"This is clearly not something he ran on, and and it's inconsistent with a lot of things that he's said over the years", Carlson said on his show before the attacks were officially announced.

Despite Trump's "mission accomplished" declaration, USA officials acknowledge Syrian forces may still have more such weapons at hand.

Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.

The Syrian military said three civilians were wounded in one of the strikes in Homs.

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