Trump declares 'mission achieved' after strike on Syria

MANDEL NGAN  AFP  Getty Images		President Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria on Friday at the White House

MANDEL NGAN AFP Getty Images President Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria on Friday at the White House

Either Trump doesn't remember Bush's "mission accomplished" disaster or he doesn't care. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. "This time our allies and we have struck harder". In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

Russian and Iranian military help in the past three years has let Assad crush the rebel threat to topple him.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, rejected assertions from Russian Federation and Syria that scores of the Western missiles were shot down. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

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

Commentators questioned the message behind the latest strike - which signaled that Western allies would not let a chemical weapons attack go without punishment - but demurred about deeper involvement when barrel bombs by the Assad government kill far greater numbers of Syrians.

A USA official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria.

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Minister Awad who reached Saudi Arabia on Thursday attended the preparatory meeting on Friday ahead of the Summit. Al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister, said Qatar was not on the agenda because "it's not a big issue".

Assad's Barzah analysis and growth heart in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie mentioned. "It does not exist anymore".

Washington described its targets as a center near Damascus for the research, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs, and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post.

Vice President Mike Pence, in Peru for a gathering of regional leaders, mentioned "there shall be a value to pay" involving army drive if Syrian chemical weapons are used once more.

Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defence units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no USA or allies missiles were stopped.

"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve USA objectives in the Middle East", said McCain, who a year ago called for more aggressive action that would cripple Assad's military. He said the US knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

McKenzie mentioned 105 U.S. and allied missiles had been fired, of which 66 had been Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike with out ready for worldwide inspectors to finish their go to to the world.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.

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