Trump won't back down from saying 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria

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'I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back.

But the war dragged on for many years after that and the banner became a symbol of United States misjudgements and mistakes in the long and costly conflict.

At a news conference at the Pentagon after Trump announced the operation Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as a "one-time shot" and "a little over double the weapons" used by the Trump administration when it carried out a similar assault in April 2017 that consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.

"None of these military actions are large enough to deter chemical-weapons use when Assad thinks it's strongly in his advantage". The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the USA will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people".

Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.

"Even George W. Bush, who nearly never admitted mistakes, said using that term was a bad decision". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

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Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of the three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", it tweeted with a video of him appearing to walk calmly, with briefcase in hand, into his palace in Damascus.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that the strike was a success. "This time, the strikes went to the very heart of the enterprise, to the research, to development, to storage".

A banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" loomed in the background as Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, a claim belied by the years of hard fighting that followed.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

"The strikes may convince (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to stop further use (of chemical weapons) by Assad as it remains clear we are pulling out of Syria". And now you know the full story, ' he said.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the US was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. That did not mean military strikes would continue. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

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