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Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'

Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'

US defense officials also say there are no indications Russia's most advanced air defense system, the S-400, ever engaged any of the incoming cruise missiles, and may not even have been activated. 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 would tie down USA forces for years. The president of the New America Foundation, Anne Marie Slaughter, tweeted that she believes that the United States, the United Kingdom, and France did "the right thing" by striking Syria. Moscow criticised the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.

President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Monday it was ready to cooperate and facilitate the work of the OPCW team, but did not say when they would go to the site.

While Germany did not take part in the action against Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she supported steps taken by the allies.

The U.S. said all three of the targets - the Barzah Research Center in Damascus and storage and equipment facilities near Homs - were involved in the production and deployment of both chlorine and sarin gas. Iraq war veteran and Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard expressed concern that "military action in Syria could escalate into a war with Russian Federation and Iran".

"Most of the launches occurred after our strike was over", US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Joint Staff director, said of Syria's interceptor fires.

French President Emmanuel Macron said after allied forces launched a missile attack in Syria last weekend that he persuaded Mr. Trump to station USA troops there for the long run.

This combination of satellite images shows the Barzah Research and Development Center in Syria on Friday, April 13, 2018, top, and on Sunday, April 15, bottom, following a USA -led allied missile attack.

Syria says it knocked down 71 of the 105 missiles fired, but the USA says all missiles hit their targets.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack took place.

Despite the claims, Trump and US military officials are standing by their original assessment that all 105 cruise missiles launched by the United States, Britain and France hit their intended targets within just two minutes of each other.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons.

"The coalition strike in Syria is a measured response to Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons".

"It proves high efficiency of the Syrian armament and professional skills of the Syrian servicemen trained by the Russian specialists", Rudskoy said at a Ministry of Defense media briefing.

The move signaled the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation that hit sites Western officials said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme. The Brookings Institution's Martin Indyk gave President Trump "three cheers" for "enforcing the line against Syrian chemical weapons use".

Syrian President Bashar Assad praised the quality of Soviet-made air defense systems that he argues resulted in the failiure of the U.S., U.K., and French bombing attack inSyria Saturday, Russian lawmakers said after a meeting with the Syrian president in Damascus Sunday. That makes degrading it through military strikes far more hard.

Russian Federation told the United Nations last Friday that its experts found no trace of "toxic substance use" during their investigation in Douma. Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog group were in Damascus and had been expected to head to Douma on Saturday.

Trump had said Friday that the United States is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Russia's response thus far has been a mixture of indignation and threatening posturings. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The UK, US and France have said the Syrian government was responsible.

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

The White House pushed back against comments Macron made during a two-hour interview in which he said he convinced Trump "that it was necessary to stay" in Syria.