While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses. Speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, Macron stressed that the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side and to the United States on the other side.
The U.S. Department of Defense released video footage of tomahawk missiles being launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at targets in Syria as part of a "multi-national strike operation against the Syrian government". Accordingly, the USA will find it important to maintain its military presence if it anticipates further chemical attacks, and wants to use them to justify striking the regime. Albeit minor, and a far cry from what Assad deserves for his unrelenting brutality against the Syrian people, the presence in the Mediterranean Sea of the largest US air and naval strike force since the Iraq War in 2003 indicates that USA oversight of affairs in Syria will likely remain, as will the capacity to damage Assad's forces once again.
"Last night, operations were very successful, we met our objectives, we hit the sites - the heart of the chem weapons program - so it was 'mission accomplished, '" White said.
Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying US involvement there "is not done".
Has this newfound mission to put an end to Assad's use of chemical weapons been "accomplished" by the airstrikes?
He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.
Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.
No military response from any actors in Syria - including Iran and Russian Federation - has been seen, the Pentagon said. U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said evidence suggested that the Assad regime was behind a chemical attack in Douma on April 7, which killed at least 75, and that the global community "cannot afford" to turn a blind eye. In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force.
Trump has made clear he wants to withdraw the roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria involved in the anti-Islamic State campaign, and his administration has suspended support for Syrian rebels, evidence of his desire to disengage from Syria. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.
Former Bush White House staffers tweeted that Trump should have avoided the phrase. Officials said this did not include giving Russian advance notice of where or when allied airstrikes would happen. That did not mean military strikes would continue.
"We, of course, know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday". In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.
MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid tweeted, "Saying "mission accomplished" always works out well for presidents".
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