'Mission accomplished': Trump defends boast to describe Syria strikes

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The bombings, hailed by US President Donald Trump as a success but denounced by Damascus and its allies as an act of aggression, marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation, whose foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called them "unacceptable and lawless".

She said that it is "entirely up to Assad" whether the missile attack on Syria was a one-time response to the suspected chemical attack by Syrian forces a week ago that killed more than 40 people or part of a continuing allied military effort.

In May 2003, less than two months after the USA military launched its invasion and occupation of Iraq, President George W. Bush arrived on USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the co-pilot's seat of a Navy fighter jet.

But Haley said the US would not pull its troops out of Syria - despite vows by President Trump to bring the military home - until its goals are accomplished.

He said there were an estimated 50 warehouses storing chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013. So it appears we have another instance of the Fox-Trump feedback loop. Angus King (I-ME) said: "I think it's impossible to say at this point that the mission has been accomplished".

The ambassador said the missile attack set back Syria's chemical weapons capacity by years, and pushed back against critics who said the one-time strikes did little to change the situation on the ground. Russian Federation and fellow pro-Syrian government ally Iran slammed the US-led airstrikes for taking place before the OPCW could conduct its probe.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Haley listed three aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that poses a risk to US interests, that Daesh is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

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

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it". Hill says in 2013, the Russians promised to oversee the withdrawal of chemical weapons from Syria.

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said there will be additional Russian sanctions. "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again". But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of U.S. missiles a year ago. 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.

The strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

The American, French and British barrage of missiles on Saturday destroyed much of Syria's chemical-weapons capabilities, U.S. Defense Department officials said, but left Mr. Assad's conventional military intact. Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past U.S. reprisals and is far easier to find and weaponise, experts say.

"It's illegal because he didn't come and ask permission", he said.

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