Trump Calls Syria Airstrikes 'Perfectly Executed,' Declares 'Mission Accomplished!'

Syria air defences strike back after air strikes by U.S. British and French forces in Damascus

The allied operation comes a year after the US missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the action was narrowly focused on Syria's chemical weapons facilities while May insisted there was no intention to interfere in the broader civil war that has engulfed the country since 2011.

The order marked a dramatic reversal for President Donald Trump. White said the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but the USA will not stand by while Assad attacks "innocent Syrian people".

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

While hailing the military later in the day, Trump praised the "perfectly executed" airstrikes against the Syrian regime.

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

"Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump added. Could not have had a better result.

"Mission Accomplished!" Mr. Trump declared.

But European allies lined up to support the "limited" operation as it emerged that the USA had warned Moscow about the airstrikes in advance to avoid Russian casualties and avoid a broader conflict between the major powers.

Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, said the allied strikes in Syria were a "necessary and appropriate" response to what the U.S. and its allies say was a recent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian program.

Moving to return to diplomacy, France said it was working with the United States and Britain on a draft resolution that would address chemical weapons use, the humanitarian crisis, and the future of the peace process in Syria.

On Monday, Russia warned that any military intervention from the USA against Russian allies in Syria would result in the "most serious consequences" and called news of last weekend's chemical attacks "fabricated". Assad, who has denied ever using chemical weapons against his opponents, responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.

Haley made the remarks at a fiery meeting of the U.N. Security Council, in which Russian Federation and the U.S. traded barbs over the decision of the U.S., France and the United Kingdom to launch strikes in Syria on Friday in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons last week in Douma.

But with Saturday's attacks, Trump has abruptly deepened United States involvement in Syria.

The United States is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, Ambassador Nikki Haley warned on Saturday, as the UN Security Council convened for an urgent session to discuss the joint military intervention in Syria. Yet he made no mention of a possible Russian military response. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of global law and shows contempt for worldwide legitimacy".

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon April 14, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia.

The Iraqi foreign ministry said the US-led strikes were a risky development, which could "threaten the security and stability of the region" according to Reuters.

Haley scoffed at Russia's defense of Assad.

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