Pentagon: Coalition strikes successful in Syria as Trump declares 'mission accomplished'

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The U.S. military, along with the United Kingdom and France, conducted a "proportional, precision, coordinated" strike in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. Could not have had a better result.

Trump tweeted, "A perfectly executed strike last night".

France's foreign minister has threatened further missile strikes against Syria if Bashar Assad's government uses chemical weapons again.

The strike will send "a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity", she said. "We hit our sites", White said.

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the "Mission Accomplished" phrase referred to the carrier's crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq.

In a press briefing at the Pentagon Saturday, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. confirmed the three distinct targets - a research facility, a weapons depot and a command center.

Russian Federation called an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on the attack.

"The United States is locked and loaded", she said.

Nikki Haley said: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

Even as Trump spoke, explosions could be heard and seen lighting up the skies and sending smoke over and near Syria's capital Damascus. "No local resident confirmed the chemical attack".

The Syrian Central Military Media released a video showing missiles over Damascus during Saturday's airstrikes.

France has released its assessment of what happened in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7 - which was the basis for France's involvement in the joint military operation with the United States and UK.

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

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"Russia is the one who is allowing Syria to continue on with this behavior".

She added: 'We agreed that is was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies'.

Trump said the two countries are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

"Air strikes always boost the president's popularity", said Pape. Syrian time, about 9 p.m. Four RAF Tornado jets, operating from Akrotiri, Cyprus, each delivered a "Storm Shadow" missile at a target 15 miles west of Homs.

It was an unusual strategy, a departure from the usual US practice of launching surprise attacks.

"Initial assessments are that this target was destroyed", he said. Russian officials beyond Mr. Putin have suggested that the aim of these US -led airstrikes were essentially to prevent the OPCW from carrying out its work.

For his part, McKenzie said three facilities that "were fundamental components of the regime's chemical weapons warfare infrastructure" had been targeted.

As of yet, there has been no military response from Syria.

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties".

Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.

"But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said. It's decisive and deliberate action against the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that killed innocent Syrian civilians, including defenseless children.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".