Trump declares 'mission accomplished' in Syria strike

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More than 100 missiles were launched early Saturday morning by the USA and its allies France and the United Kingdom, targeting three chemical weapons sites in Syria.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.

"Could not have had a better result".

Trump drew some criticism for his choice of words: former president George W Bush notoriously stood on an aircraft carrier just a few weeks after the initial Iraq invasion in 2003 in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

Moscow denounced the attack on its ally with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it an "act of aggression" that will only worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

The United States said on Saturday it overwhelmed and evaded Syrian air defenses overnight to strike every target at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, in a multi-pronged attack from the air and sea alongside British and French allies. "Its military objectives are achieved", she said. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace. He said: "These offensive strikes against Syria are unconstitutional, illegal, and reckless". All three targets were connected to Syria's chemical weapons program, according to a DoD spokesperson Dana White.

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned that Trump was taking America down a unsafe path.

At a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Saturday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley took aim at Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia over the "fake news".

A suspected gas attack April 7 killed at least 43 people as troops loyal to the government pressed an offensive to take Douma, a rebel-held bastion near the Syrian capital.

Sweden's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations confirmed that an emergency meeting will begin Saturday morning.

President Donald Trump is reiterating his call to have other nations take on more of the burden in Syria.

The Pentagon has received no reports of civilian casualties from the strikes, officials said.

US officials had previously specified that strikes would be targeting suspected centers of chemical weapon development. "This year, the USA and our allies have struck harder", Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday evening at the Pentagon.

Since the USA and its allies attacked Syria Friday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on its own people, there has been a significant surge in Russian trolls promoting fake news, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

The Pentagon struck a similarly defiant tone in a briefing with reporters Saturday, where officials labeled Friday night's airstrikes a success. He argued that the money the US has spent since 2001 fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq has been largely wasted.

The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack "necessary and appropriate".

Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops.

Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the joint chiefs of staff, described the mission as "precise, overwhelming and effective". "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons". What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

The strikes were created to destroy the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons, and McKenzie reported that the operation "significantly crippled" storage facilities in Syria, adding that "none of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged".

Syrian state news agency SANA reported several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre".

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

"The balance of power remains unchanged", said Karim Bitar, from the Paris-based Institute of worldwide and Strategic Affairs. "I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it".