Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire on Friday night as the US unleashes 76 missiles on a chemical weapons facility which was destroyed

Trump said the criticism is the "the only way the Fake News Media could demean" him.

"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve USA objectives in the Middle East", said McCain, who a year ago called for more aggressive action that would cripple Assad's military.

Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons.

President Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished", in a reminder of the banner unveiled behind George W Bush on board USS Abraham Lincoln after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bush addressed sailors aboard a ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

"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. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions. Regardless, it's hard to imagine that this will be the last time the USA has a military response for Syria, and it's impossible to imagine that people will forget Trump's bold proclamation. Could not have had a better result.

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said.

"There is still a residual element of the Syrian program that is out there", McKenzie said, adding, "I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future".

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

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Trump's approach, he said, "is not about the balance of power in Syria".

The Pentagon said three primary targets, including a research centre and weapons storage site, were hit.

Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces. The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has but to current exhausting proof of what it says precipitated the allied missiles assault: a chlorine gasoline assault on civilians in Douma on April 7. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

When Trump used the phrase in his recent tweet, people immediately responded with criticism.

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

McKenzie admitted the strike did not wipe out all of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities. In a USA army motion a 12 months in the past in response to a sarin gasoline assault, the Pentagon mentioned missiles took out practically 20 p.c of the Syrian air drive.

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 USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

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