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'Mission Accomplished!' Trump tweets after Syria airstrikes

President Trump doubled down on his use of the term 'Mission Accomplished, ' which he included in a tweet about Syria Saturday morning.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", he wrote. Could not have had a better result.

"I think it's very hard to say "mission accomplished" if the mission is to deter the use of chemical weapons", he said.

However, Syria claimed that 110 missiles were launched in the strikes, and the country's defense systems intercepted majority. He also noted that while administration officials had notified congressional leaders Friday just before the strike, "they didn't supply the evidence" of chemical use. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that would tie down US forces for years. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

However, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, right, head of the joint staff at the Pentagon, urged caution.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.

The strikes "efficiently hit each goal", White instructed reporters on the Pentagon.

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Earlier on Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was left with "no alternative path" but to order the air strikes. A meeting of the North Atlantic Council will be held Saturday afternoon, a NATO official told CNN.

Washington described its targets as a center near Damascus for the research, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs, and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post. Trump resurrected the phrase in a tweet Saturday after the strikes launched by US, British and French forces in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime. 'It said to some, well, Bush think the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. "It is not to get involved in the Syrian civil war", she added. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one US official.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

A worldwide chemical warfare watchdog group, the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, mentioned its fact-finding mission would go as deliberate in Douma. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

But he appeared to conflict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain this response" if Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons.

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