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Trump said the US was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

"A day after#President Trump ordered the airstrikes, administration officials and Trump declared the airstrikes to be a "#Mission Accomplished".

"Mission accomplished", a phrase indelibly associated with President George W. Bush, who used it in 2003 during the Iraq war and which dogged him for the rest of his presidency. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", he wrote on Saturday.

The Twittersphere piled on President Donald Trump after he tweeted Saturday that the US-led strikes on Syria "could not have had a better result".

'It was a sign aimed at the sailors on the ship, but it conveyed a broader knowledge, ' Bush said.

Meanwhile, Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are due to begin work at the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma just outside Damascus. Anyone - and I mean anyone - who has followed the political and policy debate in this country for the last 20 years knows exactly what the words "mission accomplished" conjure up.

Eight years later, President Barack Obama withdrew the last USA combat troops from Iraq in December 2011.

As much as the attacks may have destroyed the key elements that Syria needed to create chemical weapons, it did not solve all of the problems Syria still has.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

He did little to reconcile those impulses with his retaliatory strike to punish the government of President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack a week ago that killed dozens of people.

President Trump's use of the familiar phrase struck a chord with the American people, many of whom opposed military action against Syria.

Former Bush White House staffers tweeted that Trump should have avoided the phrase.

According to CNN, Syrian armed forces released a statement claiming that most of the missiles were intercepted, while "some hit targets including the Research Center in Barzeh". He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

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


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