'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump declares

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"Use often!" Trump tweeted. Three sites were targeted: Barzeh research and development centre in Damascus; Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage site, west of Homs; and Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker, also west of Homs.

President Donald Trump responded Sunday to critics opposed to his use of the phrase "mission accomplished" after the strikes on Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure, arguing that "it should be brought back" and "used often". Accordingly, the USA will find it important to maintain its military presence if it anticipates further chemical attacks, and wants to use them to justify striking the regime.

She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the US will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people".

Britain and France joined the USA in launching airstrikes against Syrian government facilities, meant to show president Bashar al Assad that he will not be able to chemical weapons without consequences.

Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".

"None of these military actions are large enough to deter chemical-weapons use when Assad thinks it's strongly in his advantage".

Dennis Ross, who served as top Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama in his first term, said the missile strikes would have little effect on the overall situation in Syria.

"Last year, the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

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". U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the U.S.is using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", White told reporters at the Pentagon. In a US 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.

Former Bush White House staffers tweeted that Trump should have avoided the phrase. And now you know the full story, ' he said. The words, which likely left many people in the US government, congress, intelligence services and military with their heads in their hands, is ambiguous in every aspect: what was the "mission", and what does it mean for it to be "accomplished"? Angus King said "it's impossible to say at this point" whether the United States' mission in Syria has been accomplished.

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