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Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'President Donald Trump has defended the use of the term "mission accomplished" amid criticism following US, UK and French strikes on targets in Syria.He accused the "fake news media" of seizing on the term to demean the strikes, carried out in response to an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack.Ex-President George W Bush was widely ridiculed after appearing in front of the banner months into the Iraq war.Russia and Syria insist no chemical attack took place on 7 April.They have said the attack in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area near the capital, Damascus, was staged.Catch up on the strikes: What was targeted? PM faces 'almighty row' over strikes UK publishes legal case for Syria action What Trump saidInspectors from the independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus. They have met Syrian officials and are expected to visit Douma soon.Why is 'mission accomplished' controversial?Mr Trump used the term to conclude a tweet on Saturday morning following the overnight attacks, after hailing the strikes as "perfectly executed" and thanking the UK and France.President Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer was one of those who said it was not to be advised.But Mr Trump fought back on Sunday, saying he knew the "fake news media" would seize on it but used it anyway as it is a "great military term".The phrase had been on a banner as Mr Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq in May 2003, six weeks after the US-led invasion of the country.The following Iraqi insurgency, which dragged on for years, led to widespread ridicule of the term.Ex-assistant secretary of state PJ Crowley, writing for the BBC, said the use at that time "represented a serious misreading of the challenge", adding: "But Syria isn't Iraq. It's actually much more complicated."What is happening in Douma?The OPCW inspectors met Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad The US president accuses "fake news media" of trying to demean US-led strikes on Syria. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'President Donald Trump has defended the use of the term "mission accomplished" amid criticism following US, UK and French strikes on targets in Syria.He accused the "fake news media" of seizing on the term to demean the strikes, carried out in response to an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack.Ex-President George W Bush was widely ridiculed after appearing in front of the banner months into the Iraq war.Russia and Syria insist no chemical attack took place on 7 April.They have said the attack in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area near the capital, Damascus, was staged.Catch up on the strikes: What was targeted? PM faces 'almighty row' over strikes UK publishes legal case for Syria action What Trump saidInspectors from the independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus. They have met Syrian officials and are expected to visit Douma soon.Why is 'mission accomplished' controversial?Mr Trump used the term to conclude a tweet on Saturday morning following the overnight attacks, after hailing the strikes as "perfectly executed" and thanking the UK and France.President Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer was one of those who said it was not to be advised.But Mr Trump fought back on Sunday, saying he knew the "fake news media" would seize on it but used it anyway as it is a "great military term".The phrase had been on a banner as Mr Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq in May 2003, six weeks after the US-led invasion of the country.The following Iraqi insurgency, which dragged on for years, led to widespread ridicule of the term.Ex-assistant secretary of state PJ Crowley, writing for the BBC, said the use at that time "represented a serious misreading of the challenge", adding: "But Syria isn't Iraq. It's actually much more complicated."What is happening in Douma?The OPCW inspectors met Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad The US president accuses "fake news media" of trying to demean US-led strikes on Syria. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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15 April 2018
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