Trump's Dangerous "Mission Accomplished" Boast About His Syria Strike
Apr 15 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military operation from Washington on Friday night local time, saying precision attacks were under way in Syria, in coordination with Britain and France, against Syrian military facilities related to chemical weapons capabilities.
The Pentagon said there were three targets: a chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.
Haley, who has at times taken a tougher stance on Syria and Russian Federation than her own White House, said President Trump has drawn a red line that Damascus and Moscow shouldn't cross.
"The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", Khamenei added later on his Telegram channel.
But one United States official said there could be more air strikes if the intelligence indicates Assad has not stopped manufacturing, importing, storing or using chemical weapons.
Haley's comments, at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, followed the overnight strikes against the Syrian regime led by the USA with the support of the United Kingdom and France, which the three countries' leaders said were aimed at degrading the capability of Assad's forces to use chemical weapons.
US, British and French "naval and air assets" took part in the strikes, which US defense chief James Mattis said employed more than twice the amount of munitions used during American strikes in Syria a year ago, in which 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said the US strikes on Syria "would not be left without consequences".
"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?" A United States spokeswoman said Friday the allies had "proof".
"This [act of] aggression will have no impact on the performance of the Syrian army, nation and resistance", the IRIB world service chief pointed out.
"No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators". But it likely won't change Assad's heart, and the homicidal leader will likely continue using barrel bombs, torture chambers and other brutal methods that a feckless Western response and immoral backing from Russian Federation and Iran have made possible. "Mission Accomplished!" Trump said in a Twitter post.
"With this attack. the situation will become more complex, and this will surely be at the expense of the United States, which will be responsible for the aftermath of upcoming regional events that will certainly not be in their interest", Yadollah Javani, the Guards' deputy head for political affairs, told Fars news agency.
"We met our objectives".
"Last night operations were very successful", White said in a press conference Saturday. All three targets were connected to Syria's chemical weapons program, according to a DoD spokesperson Dana White. Bush was addressing sailors aboard a ship alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner.