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'Mission Accomplished' In Syria Strikes

14 Avril 2018

The US president said America, being the world's greatest and most powerful economy, has a lot to offer.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has denounced the missile strikes by the US, France and the United Kingdom as an "act of aggression" that would exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Those words later took on an irony as the war dragged on, and at the end if his presidency, Bush called the use of the phrase "a mistake".

Later he tweeted: "Mission accomplished". He said Russian Federation must now decide whether to continue down a "dark path" in Syria or become a force for "stability and peace". A Security Council diplomat said the body would meet later Saturday.

"Last night, operations were very successful", Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said at a briefing Saturday morning. The Islamic Republic accused the three attacking nations of having no proof for the use of chemical weapons in Douma and criticized that the OPCW had not yet been able to probe the events.

The Pentagon repeated Saturday that the President has the authority under the Constitution to defend United States interests, but what happens next is up to the Assad regime and Russian Federation.

Pentagon officials say the attacks were aimed at Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

The three sites targeted were "fundamental components" to Syria's chemical weapons program, according to Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that "right now, this is a one-time shot and I believe it has sent a very strong message to dissuade him, to deter him".

The military campaign was in response to a devastating chemical attack in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma, which killed dozens of people earlier this month. Syria has denied the accusation.

The Pentagon on Saturday that the strikes had set back the Syrian chemical weapons programme back years, even as Mr Trump kept the option open for further attacks on the regime until it stopped its use of prohibited agents. Abe hopes to advance the issue in a summit in Russian Federation next month with President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian ambassador to the U.N., Vasily Nebenzia called the attacks "hooliganism in global relations" and is accusing the USA and its allies of acting before worldwide inspectors have concluded their investigation.

While Germany did not take part in the action against Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she supported steps taken by the allies.

The US president thanked London and Paris for their "wisdom and the power of their fine Military" in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

They also revealed there have been no reports of civilian casualties "as of now".

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

Trump has said he will hold the Syrian government, as well as its Russian and Iranian allies, accountable for the suspected attack. But the description from an ally put things differently.

Putin said the USA actions in Syria made the humanitarian catastrophe worse and caused pain for civilians. The combined forces are prepared to respond until Syria no longer use chemical weapons on its citizens. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

The tiny Persian Gulf Sheikdom called for urgent measures to what it said protect the Syrian people and to disarm the Syrian government of the internationally banned weapons. "The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", Khamenei said. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians. It is not about regime change. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized".

President Donald J. Trump announces military action against Syria in response to the recent alleged gas attack on civilians in Douma, at the White House, April 13, 2018.

'Mission Accomplished' In Syria Strikes