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Trump Praises 'Perfectly Executed' Syria Strike: 'Mission Accomplished!'

Trump Praises 'Perfectly Executed' Syria Strike: 'Mission Accomplished!'

This premature and public declaration of success, a victory if you will, was dragged into the sand as the Iraqi insurgency persisted. "Use often!" Trump tweeted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday reaffirmed Russia's view that the purported chemical attack was a fake, criticizing the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the worldwide watchdog group, to visit the area. The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites. In May 2003, everyone thought the mission had been accomplished.

During the presidency of Mr. Trump, the mission has been to defeat ISIS.

"This is not about regime change ..."

Trump earlier this month had reluctantly agreed to keep USA troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS. The airstrikes, she insisted, also do not represent a change in US policy. Rather, a weak yet stable Assad would better help serve USA interests.

Assad hosted a meeting with the politicians, and is reported by state media to have told his visitors that the US, Britain and France had waged a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Russian Federation and Syria. Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered previous year had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons.

Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again.

The UN Security Council has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the alleged use of chemical weapons. Repeated indiscriminate use of other unconventional weapons in Syria vastly outweighs the destruction caused by chemical weapons, yet only now is action taken.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons. The answer is only "may be". "It is such a great Military term, it should be brought back", he wrote.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing. Accordingly, the US 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.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". Nevertheless, Assad has nearly won the war and much of the fiercest fighting is over, meaning the rewards for using chemical weapons are much reduced. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it.