White says the strikes "were very successful". On May 1, 2003, six weeks after the invasion of Iraq, Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a huge banner reading "Mission Accomplished" and declared "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
Moscow called the emergency Council meeting after the US, France and the United Kingdom fired scores of cruise missiles at what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Damascus last week.
It said a second airstrike by the USA and its allies destroyed a warehouse west of the western city of Homs, where Assad's government was storing its main reserves of sarin gas, one of the substances purportedly used in the alleged chemical attacks.
■ May 18, 2017: A United States airstrike hits pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan in southern Syria. Still, American officials said the attack was intended as a proportional strike aimed specifically at Syria's chemical weapons facilities rather than a broader set of targets and was a one-time, one-night assault to punish Damascus for a suspected gas attack last weekend.
It further demands that the United States and its allies immediately end military action against Syria and refrain from any further use of force in the future.
Given that the regime's deployable manpower is so depleted, and is unlikely to be replenished in the near to medium term, Washington can expect Assad to resort to chemical agents again and test Washington's resolve.
"A plan for ending the crisis must be found, with a political solution". It said air defenses confronted the attack and had shot down 13 missiles in the Kiswah area south of Damascus.
The allied attack set off a fierce global debate about whether it was justified.
But analysts question the reasons for these latest raids - which signalled that Western leaders would not let a chemical weapons attack go without punishment - but demurred about deeper involvement when barrel bombs are used.
- US President Donald Trump condemned Syria's two main allies, Russian Federation and Iran, for supporting "murderous dictators".
She wrote: "Syria's use of chemical weapons is sickening but the question the PM has not answered is how this action, taken without parliamentary approval, will halt their use or bring long-term peace".
And Mr Juncker added: "This was not the first time the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against civilians but it must be the last". "Public estimates are as high as 200", she said. It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there April 7, which activists say killed more than 40 people and led to Saturday's airstrikes by the West. "We successfully hit every target", White said.
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