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Trump declares Syria airstrikes 'mission accomplished'

15 April 2018

He also highlighted the fact that military personnel from a number of P5 member states are operating in close proximity to each other, raising the stakes of the unauthorized intervention even higher.

While describing Saturday's missile strikes in Syria as a "mission accomplished", US President Donald Trump warned that America and its allies would not hesitate to take further action should the "barbaric" Assad regime use chemical weapons again on its foes. "It is for Trump and his domestic battles", he said, referring to the U.S. president's ongoing legal troubles. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said on Saturday.

Addressing the council, USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also expressed "full support" for the strikes.

It is one of at least three sites that have been consistently referenced in association with Syria's chemical weapons program, including Masyaf and Dummar, also known as Jamraya, both reported to have been hit by Israeli strikes past year.

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"It's short notice, but many people want to show they are against this war", said Scott Williams, a Philadelphia schoolteacher who helped organize the protest Saturday as a leader of the Workers World Party. Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the resolution, four countries abstained.

"The scientific facilities in Syria are used only for peaceful activity which is aimed at enhancing the economic effectiveness of economic activity of Syria", Nebenzia said.

Russian Federation said it was being "threatened" and said the air strikes "will not be left without consequences" in a statement from its ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, posted on Twitter.

Russian Federation continues to defend Syria even in the face of evidence of prohibited chemical weapons use. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq. "We will have, as of three months ago, $7 trillion in the Middle East over the last 17 years". "We met our objectives". We hit the sites, the heart of the [chemical] weapons program. "So it was a mission accomplished". The fear, in the White House and among military commanders, is that a sudden collapse of Assad's regime would open a vacuum in the country and that it would be filled, Baghdad-style, by chaos or, worse, by jihadis, who would probably embark on a massacre of the Alawite minority to which Assad belongs. And we need to think creatively about other ways to minimize the abilities of Russia, Iran and Assad to slaughter more Syrians - all without committing to occupy or rebuild the country.

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Mr Trump said the U.S. was not seeking an "indefinite presence" in Syria. In that instance, the Pentagon fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian government airbase.

Neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, Pentagon officials said. But while more targets were hit and more missiles fired this time around, it won't alter the fundamental dynamics of the grinding, seven-year-long conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead, nearly all as a result of nonchemical weapons of war. "The Syrian response was remarkably ineffective in all domains", said Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the U.S. joint staff.

A senior official in the regional alliance that has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war has said the attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round of strikes.

The report says Syria's air defences confronted the missiles near Homs, and says the airstrikes also targeted an army depot there. He said 150,000 Syrians still linger in Assad's jails. "Over the last 18 months, Russian Federation has completely recovered the Syrian air defense systems, and continues its development". "The Russia disinformation campaign has already begun", White said.

According to U.S. officials, the operation comprised three USA destroyers, a French frigate and a United States submarine.

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Trump declares Syria airstrikes 'mission accomplished'