Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria Strike

US, UK, France launch air strikes on Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

US, UK, France launch air strikes on Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

As he declares the US-led airstrikes against Syria a success, President Donald Trump is adopting a phrase that a previous president came to regret - "mission accomplished".

"A perfectly executed strike", Trump tweeted after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defences.

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

The morning after he ordered airstrikes to knock out chemical-weapons facilities in Syria, President Trump kicked off his Saturday tweeting with an extremely odd choice of wording.

However, Syria claimed that 110 missiles were launched in the strikes, and the country's defense systems intercepted a lot of them. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in Might 2003 alongside a "Mission Completed" banner, simply weeks earlier than it turned obvious that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

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

Though officers mentioned the singular goal was Assad's chemical weapons functionality, his air drive, together with helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, had been spared.

Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response meant to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again, but which was unlikely to change his grip on power.

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". "We know that it is now up to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again, and should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go", she said. The Syrian air defenses missed the incoming missiles and kept firing even after the last US, British and French strikes were complete.

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. Before sunrise on Saturday, loud explosions jolted Damascus and the sky turned orange as Syrian air defense units fired surface-to-air missiles in response to three waves of military strikes.

The U.S. -led operation gained broad Western assist. "To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that".

Vice President Mike Pence, in Peru for a gathering of regional leaders, mentioned "there shall be a value to pay" involving army drive if Syrian chemical weapons are used once more. 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.

Trump said Friday that the U.S. is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

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