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Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria

PERFECTLY EXECUTED’ President Trump tweeted his applause yesterday of missile strikes that destroyed targets left and above left in Syria Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria
Herman Weaver | 16 April, 2018, 11:31

'I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters the sites that were targeted had been evacuated days ago after a warning from Russian Federation.

No military response from any actors in Syria - including Iran and Russian Federation - has been seen, the Pentagon said.

"Good souls won't be humiliated", Assad tweeted, whereas a whole lot of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, the place they flashed victory indicators and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons.

The missile strike that Trump was referring to occurred on Friday night.

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.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot", although Trump raised the prospect of further strikes if Assad's government used chemical weapons again.

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"To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region", Republican Senator John McCain said in a statement after the latest strikes.

Syria media reported that several of these strikes were intercepted, but Pentagon spokesperson Dana White dismissed these claims. "I would say there's still a residual element of the Syrian programme that's out there", he said.

"Last night, operations were very successful, we met our objectives, we hit the sites - the heart of the chem weapons program - so it was 'mission accomplished, '" White said.

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. In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again. 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. That did not mean military strikes would continue.

Russian and Iranian military help in the past three years has let Assad crush the rebel threat to topple him.

White stood by Trump's assessment of "mission accomplished".

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