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'Mission Accomplished!': Trump, Pentagon Say Syria 'Significantly Crippled' by Allied Strike

'Mission Accomplished!': Trump, Pentagon Say Syria 'Significantly Crippled' by Allied Strike

Hezbollah has deployed thousands of fighters to Syria to attack the Syrian opposition to Assad.

The strikes were created to destroy the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons, and McKenzie reported that the operation "significantly crippled" storage facilities in Syria, adding that "none of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged".

French involvement was confirmed on Friday night as well, when the country's President: Emmanuel Macron, said that a "red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed".

Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement welcomed the strikes as an appropriate response to the suspected chemical attack.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned the attacks and accused May of "complying with presidential wishes", while Lib Dem leader Vince Cable warned: "Riding the coat-tails of an erratic U.S. president is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons".

- A barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals, a weapon that the rebels do not use. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained "residual" capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left.

President Donald Trump is reiterating his call to have other nations take on more of the burden in Syria. The administration continues to insist, as White said Saturday, the main mission is to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and not further intervene in the Syrian civil war. "We're going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be".

The White House and Pentagon, a year ago and now, have not clearly outlined the USA mission and strategy in Syria, as many reporters have pointed out, then and now.

Syria's state-run news agency SANA reported at least three civilians were wounded in the strikes.

United States officials said they acted to defend allies attacked by the Syrian government as both rival forces raced toward Raqqa city, at the time the de facto capital of the IS militants.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask, what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" However, he emphasized that "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria". U.S. officials described the forces as Iranian-backed.

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Pentagon officials said they met their objectives and struck the heart of the chemical weapons program.

Mattis said the strikes this year were much "harder" than last year's. He said the three nations have "marshaled their righteous power". The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET, the early hours of Saturday morning for Europe and the Middle East.

President Donald Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!

Trump has signalled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

General Joseph F Dunford said the first target was a facility located in the greater Damascus area "for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology".

A second USA official said Britain, France and the US are confident that the inspectors' eventual report will confirm their findings that chlorine was used, likely in conjunction with sarin. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity, and they were the result of the regime and Russia's failure to live up to their global commitment to remove all chemical weapons from Syria".

"Friday night's military action was created to thread a pretty narrow needle - place boundaries around the war Syria, Russia and Iran are waging - without becoming a direct combatant in it", wrote former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley on the BBC website.

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

But the Pentagon said on Saturday that worry had been eased by the fact that there were no Russian casualties as a result of Friday's military campaign.

He again criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

"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.

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