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Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in Might 2003 alongside a "Mission Completed" banner, simply weeks earlier than it turned obvious that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years. The Pentagon mentioned it gave no specific warning.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. "We hope that will be the case, but we did a strike a year ago for that same goal and it was deemed a success, but the chemical weapons have continued to be used". The U.N. Safety Council met to debate the strikes, however rejected a Russian decision calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.

Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered a year ago had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the 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.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

"We are confident that all of our missiles reached their targets".

McKenzie admitted the strike did not wipe out all of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities. A weak Assad, and consequently a fragile Syria, would allow for the counter its larger Iranian enemy and Russian Federation foe, in addition to playing the Gulf States and maintaining their support. Although Trump has been consistent in saying that the US should withdraw and "Let the other people take care of it now", the USA and its most important allies in the region are deeply concerned with the growing Iranian threat in Syria.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned in Brussels that the assault was about guaranteeing that chemical weapons can't be used with impunity. Albeit minor, and a far cry from what Assad deserves for his unrelenting brutality against the Syrian people, the presence in the Mediterranean Sea of the largest USA air and naval strike force since the Iraq War in 2003 indicates that US oversight of affairs in Syria will likely remain, as will the capacity to damage Assad's forces once again.

Assad's presidential Twitter account Saturday appeared to show him unfazed by the military strikes.

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid tweeted, "Saying "mission accomplished" always works out well for presidents".

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Russian Federation has declared victory three times in Syria and thwarted global efforts for a political transition and Assad's eventual departure, said Maksad. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not focused. 'It said to some, well, Bush think the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that. "I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it".

Assad's Barzah analysis and growth heart in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie mentioned. "It does not exist anymore".

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 US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink.

Disputing the Russian army's competition that Syrian air protection items downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie mentioned no US or allies missiles had been stopped.

French officials said the country faced a "double complexity" in carrying out operations: There was the more than 4,300-mile distance the French military traveled and then the synchronization required with allies.

"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one USA official.

McKenzie mentioned 105 U.S. and allied missiles had been fired, of which 66 had been Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine. 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.

A worldwide chemical warfare watchdog group, the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, mentioned its fact-finding mission would go as deliberate in Douma.

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