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Strikes on Syria sites a success, Trump says

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published April 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, listens Saturday at the U.N. headquarters as Syria’s representative Bashar Jaafari condemns the targeted strikes on his country.

Defense Department officials said Saturday that U.S.-led strikes against Syria had taken out the "heart" of President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program, but acknowledged that the Syrian government likely retains some ability to again attack its own people with chemical agents.

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RBear says... April 15, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

What "mission?" As several news organizations have reported, there is no Syria strategy with the latest incident countering Trump's prior statement that we are pulling out of Syria. The last president that issued that statement made it before we had a real strategy for Iraq and we still have troops in the region today with Trump increasing the force to combat ISIS (oh yea, another false proclamation).
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Thankfully, this strike was a coalition strike so hopefully we don't have to go this alone. I think the harsh atrocity of Assad made it easier to create a coalition to strike the facilities in such a way there were no casualties on either side. I'll give Trump a hand in his insistence that there be no Syrian casualties as a result of the strikes. The extended planning seemed to have helped the military make sure that condition was adhered to.
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The challenge is that Assad is still in power, Russians back his regime and give no indications of changing course, and the region is a complete cluster with so many factions including ISIS claiming portions of the country. Syria is our new Serbia/Afghanistan/Iraq.

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