US Grateful for Croatia's Support for Syria strikes

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For the second time in just over a year, Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

US President Donald Trump and his allies in Britain and France on Saturday hailed their joint surgical strikes in Syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, and warned Damascus that another such attack would be met with renewed firepower.

Still, that doesn't mean the overnight strikes share no similarities with last year's.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway", Trump said. "Could not have had a better result", Trump tweeted Saturday.

White stood by Trump's assessment of "mission accomplished".

After almost a week of tension that sometimes verged on the surreal, the USA and its allies finally carried out strikes against regime targets in Syria on Friday night.

Trump announced the strikes, in coordination with France and Britain, from the White House Friday night.

"A perfectly executed strike last night". They were very effective. Although Bush did not utter the phrase during his televised address, he stood under a "Mission Accomplished" banner and spoke of how the U.S. and its allies had "prevailed".

While the Pentagon acknowledged that the Syrian military fired more than 40 surface-to-air missiles, McKenzie said most of the missiles were launched after the US -led strike.

The president said he had directed the U.S. military to conduct "precision strikes" against Assad's chemical weapons capabilities, with targets including a scientific research center in the Syrian capital and two chemical weapons storage facilities west of Homs.

Syria, with allies Russian Federation and Iran, denied the use of chemical weapons and bizarrely the Kremlin even branded the attack as lies, a baffling claim dismissed by Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, ' " Haley said.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

Dunford said Russia's forces in Syria had been warned through existing "deconfliction" channels that western planes would be in Syrian air space, but Washington had not revealed the target sites or timing in advance.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage.

The display of national fervour later mixed with celebrations over the news that the Syrian army declared the eastern suburbs of Damascus "fully liberated" after the last group of rebels left the town of Douma.

Some videos and photos of the missile strikes were surfacing on Twitter.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says military strikes in Syria are "directed at the Syrian regime" and they have "gone to great lengths to avoid civilians and foreign casualties".

The allied attack set off a fierce worldwide debate about whether it was justified.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Saturday escalated a war of words between Washington and Moscow, slamming Russia's condemnation of the United States-led military response to the latest alleged chemical attack in Syria as a "disinformation campaign".

Russian Federation resoundingly criticized the airstrikes as a violation of global law and warned that the airstrikes "will not be left without consequences".

The officials were asked on what grounds the Pentagon determined the Assad administration used chemical weapons. He also said Congress must play an oversight role in such military actions.

The Pentagon says Syria launched 40 surface-to-air missiles in response to the coalition attack.

In that instance, the Pentagon fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on a Syrian government airbase. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.

One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people.

The targets included a scientific research facility near Damascus, and two chemical weapons facilities outside the city of Homs, the United States military said.

The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them.

· UK Prime Minister Theresa May described the strikes as "limited and targeted" and said that four fighter jets had fired missiles at the base west of Homs.

The European Union voiced support for the allies.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores global law", White said.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the USA was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until the Syrian leader ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. "This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change". We hit the sites, the heart of the chem weapons program. The Syrian government has denied the accusations.

Russian Army Colonel Gen. Sergey Rudskoy put a number to the claim, telling reporters that 71 of the cruise missiles were intercepted by Syria's air defense systems.

Both Russia and Iran condemned the airstrikes, with Russian military officials claiming Saturday that the Syrian military had shot down more than 70 missiles.