Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'
April 15, 2018 4:11 pm
President Donald Trump has defended his use of the term “mission accomplished” amid criticism following US, UK and French air 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.
President George W Bush was ridiculed for appearing in front of a banner carrying the term during 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.
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Inspectors 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.