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President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim

16 April 2018

Red-state Democrats running for Senate in 2018 cautiously backed President Donald Trump's decision to approve targeted strikes in Syria.

"Mission accomplished" is the same phrase former President George W. Bush infamously used in 2003, after the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that "we have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad".

Akhras dubbed this weekend's airstrikes a slap on the wrist: "It's just not going to be enough".

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, while signs emerged that Moscow and Washington want to pull back from the worst crisis in their relations for years.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader called for an emergency Security Council meeting and said the strikes had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". "People lost hope that the worldwide community will do something to stop these atrocities".

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the United States and its allies' strike.

After the strikes, Trump tweeted: "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military". It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there on April 7, which activists say killed over 40 people in the town and led to Saturday's airstrikes by the West.

Right-wing personality and author Ann Coulter retweeted people who floated the possibility that the chemical attacks were entirely fabricated or staged by people wanting to frame Assad and encourage the United States to strike Syria.

The United States and its allies "were not going to let that stand", she said, adding that Mr. Trump had told her that the United States was "locked and loaded" and ready to strike again should Syria use banned weapons again.

Washington plans to slap Moscow with a new batch of sanctions as early as Monday, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said.

"President Trump has lead the way on that".

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP.

"We will work calmly, methodically and professionally, using all opportunities to remove the situation from its current extremely unsafe political peak". We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program.

A number of them are skeptical of reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons against civilians - which is what prompted Trump to carry out airstrikes on his chemical weapons program in the first place - and some appear believe that the the attacks are "false flag" operations created to lure the president into war. "They 100 percent met their objectives", she said on ABC's "This Week".

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the term "mission accomplished" to describe the Friday night attacks on Syria, even as President George W. Bush's former spokesperson said he wouldn't have recommended the president use the term.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

The Syrian President has today claimed 40-year-old "Soviet missiles" thwarted the joint bombing raid by Britain, the U.S. and France on his chemicals weapons facilities.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in global relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

Russian Federation countered that the US-led action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Moscow's influence in check.

Iran also supports Hamas and Hizbollah, the two most important resistance groups against Israel. "Assad might have used chemical weapons this time, but he's been indiscriminately targeting civilians for years".

President Donald Trump defends 'Mission Accomplished' claim