'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump declares

BLOOMBERG•GETTYSyria news US Congressman claims Trump will compromise to find a solution to the Syrian conflict

BLOOMBERG•GETTYSyria news US Congressman claims Trump will compromise to find a solution to the Syrian conflict

If the strikes were meant to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again, then they would have been more widespread, targeting a far greater number of chemical and military installations, and without the substantial warning that was given.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of the three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that it was "a perfectly executed strike", expressing gratitude to France and Britain for their participation in the joint operation.

President George W. Bush spoke aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, with a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner over his shoulders, just two months into the Iraq War.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the strike was "perfectly carried out" and that "the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished." He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.

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However, Syria claimed that 110 missiles were launched in the strikes, and the country's defense systems intercepted a lot of them.

The Syrian government is believed to have been responsible for dropping a barrel bomb with chemical agents on a civilian population near Damascus a week ago.

A banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" loomed in the background as Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, a claim belied by the years of hard fighting that followed.

In Damascus, Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official.

Trump earlier this month had reluctantly agreed to keep USA troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS.

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"Last year, the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday. The US 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". 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 president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.

And yet McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. 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.

Former Bush White House staffers tweeted that Trump should have avoided the phrase.

"We, of course, know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

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