Trump says 'mission accomplished' in Syria airstrikes

Posted April 15, 2018

Worldwide desk - The United States and its allies United Kingdom and France have carried out bomb attacks in Syria targeting multiple government establishments where chemical weapons facilities were allegedly developed. "I salute the men and women of our Armed Forces who conducted this mission bravely and skilfully with our British and French allies".

Trump's "mission accomplished" remarks bore a striking resemblance to former US President George W Bush's infamous speech on board the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in 2003 when he declared the end of combat operations in Iraq in front of a banner stating "Mission Accomplished". "They are crimes of a monster instead". Two days ago U.S. President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" in response to that attack.

He met his national security team on the situation in Syria later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement.

The Syrian air defenses not only missed the incoming missiles but they kept firing even after the last U.S., British and French strikes were complete.

"We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets", Mattis said.

"We are very confident that chlorine was used. But at the same time it was a heavy strike".

After the strikes were launched, the Russian Embassy in Washington issued a warning to the U.S.

- General Dunford described the operation as a "one-time shot", and said no additional attacks were planned, but added that the powers that had signed the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had every reason to challenge Syrian President Bashar Assad if he chose to violate it. The city and the hills are surrounded by military facilities, and it appeared that these were among the targets.

Russian officials on Twitter called the "treacherous and insane" strikes a "clear and present danger to world peace" and demanded accountability.

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When asked whether the British parliament should approve any possible United Kingdom intervention in Syria, Shaw said that he wonders "what possible motive could have triggered Syria to launch this chemical attack at this time in this place". "Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the war on terrorism", the president stressed.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators". Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".

In choosing to strike, it appeared that Trump's desire to punish Assad for what he called a "barbaric act" - and make good on his tweets promising action this week - outweighed his desire to limit the USA military involvement in the conflict, at least in the short term.

Since the USA and its allies attacked Syria Friday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on its own people, there has been a significant surge in Russian trolls promoting fake news, the Pentagon announced Saturday. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider global commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

Officials said all weapons hit their marks, which were three facilities that were a part of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program.

Ukraine expressed solidarity with the USA, Britain and France and supports the allies' response to the chemical weapon use in Douma (Syria), which lead to numerous victims among civilians, as the press-office of the Foreign Ministry reported. "It is not about regime change".

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