He proclaimed on Twitter: "Mission accomplished", echoing former President George W. Bush, whose use of the same phrase in 2003 to describe the USA invasion of Iraq was widely ridiculed as violence there dragged on for years.
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended", Bush said, the infamous "Mission Accomplished" banner hovering over him.
In Assad's view, the airstrikes that were launched in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian forces on the town of Douma will unify the country. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".
The then-president stood before a massive banner that read "Mission Accomplished", though us troops had actually been deployed in the area just a month before.
"In the United States administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's department for non-proliferation and arms control.
Haley said the U.S response, carried out in conjunction with British and French forces early Saturday morning, went directly after Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure, setting the program back "years".
"If and when such a thing were to happen, then clearly with allies we would study what the options were", he said, echoing USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who told an emergency Security Council meeting that Trump told her that if Syria uses poisonous gas again, "The United States is locked and loaded".
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Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.
"I think (the relationship) has been changing over time", she said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made the same point during an appearance on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.
"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", she said.
"When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.
The "Mission Accomplished" phrase prompted widespread derision on social media.
"Um.I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words", he tweeted.
Asked about the refugee crisis that has aroused much controversy, Barnes said he was in favour of letting the refugees into the United States because the country is in part responsible for the crisis, not only in Syria, but also in other places around the world.
· Russian Federation reported that the Syrian air defense systems intercepted around 70 of the missiles that had been fired towards the targets in Syria but the USA chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford said he was aware of no initial losses.