Trump Doubles Down on 'Mission Accomplished'

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LIMA, Peru-Canada has become the latest to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.

Kaine said the Syrian operations lack a clear strategy.

"Could not have had a better result", he tweeted.

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

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished, '" he tweeted on Sunday. The US mission in Syria remains to defeat ISIS and not get involved in the country's civil war, White said. The U.N. Security Council was meeting at Moscow's request.

Kassem Eid, who told CNN's Ana Cabrera he lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the Syrian government, said he was glad the President has attempted to do something for the Syrian people. The Pentagon on Saturday said all the targets in Syria were successfully hit and there were no interceptions.

Mr. Trump, who only weeks ago said he wants to pull USA troops out of Syria - there are roughly 2,000 there now - said Friday night the strike does not mean the US does not seek an "indefinite" presence in Syria. He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. "That's what the president is referring to", she said.

Washington described the strike targets as a centre near Damascus for the research, development, 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. Syria has denied the accusation.

Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered past year had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from U.S., British and French officials.

British Tornado and Typhoon warplanes, American B-1 bombers and French Rafale jets also took part in the strikes.The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime.On Saturday Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron huddled by telephone to discuss their joint action."By working together, in a coordinated fashion, we can definitively prevent the Syrian regime from carrying out chemical attacks against its own people", Macron said on Twitter.May has faced a backlash from her domestic opposition for launching the strikes without consulting parliament, while opposition lawmakers in the USA warned Trump that any broader military campaign would require a well-formulated strategic vision and authorization from Congress.

"If the previous attack was a slap on the wrist, this is perhaps a slap on the face but nothing that destabilizes the Assad regime in any fundamental way", said Ayham Kamel, head of Middle East and North Africa research at Eurasia Group.

"It's time for Washington to learn that the worldwide code of behavior regarding the use of force is regulated by the United Nations Charter", Mr. Nebenzia said.

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria, under no circumstances.

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"I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to visit the area.

Soussan reiterated a pledge by the Syrian government that the chemical experts would be allow to investigate unimpeded.

Pentagon officials said the allied forces' attack was met with no resistance.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the West's response was "necessary and appropriate".

Numerous missiles fired by the US, British and French forces early on Saturday destroyed an alleged chemical weapons research centre north of Damascus.

A 2015-17 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the OPCW had found the Syrian government used sarin in an 4 April 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon. An official there said the facility was used by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and helped develop cancer drugs.

While some Syrians are in favour of air strikes, others say foreign aggression isn't the answer. But the description from an ally put things differently. "We humiliated their missiles", said Mahmoud Ibrahim, who waved a Syrian flag as he hung out of his vehicle window.

President Barack Obama, had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action.

CBS 2's Vi Nguyen has details on local protests as well as what scholars and Syrians have to say about the military action. But Sen. Tim Kaine, a safer Virginia Democrat who is running for reelection in 2018, blasted Trump's decision to strike Syria without congressional approval.

The guided-missile cruisier USS Monterey fired 30 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Red Sea.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.

White, the Defense Department spokeswoman, said the strikes did not "represent a change in US policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

"There has been a 2000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours", White said.

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