WASHINGTON- 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 using the term to demean the strikes, which were carried out in response to an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack.

President George W Bush was once 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 both said the attack in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area near the capital, Damascus, was staged as they have claimed that before in similar incidents before. Russia has accused UK of orchestrating the incident.

President Trump used the term to end a tweet on Saturday morning following the overnight attacks, after he hailed the strikes as “perfectly executed” and thanking US allies the UK and France.

Russia was extremely unhappy with the carried out attacks. Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution. The conflict has caused a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people.

The statement from the Kremlin said, “Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations.”

Washington said, the attacks carried out attempted to struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons progra

It is a retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago. All three denied, the US, UK and France that the strikes were aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in the conflict.

Inspectors will investigate the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack, where Western allies believe killed dozens of people with the use of chlorine gas and possibly Sarin.

The Russians say there is no evidence of any chemicals around that site and questioned why the allies carried out strikes before the inspectors had made a report.

The UK, US and France have alleged that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.

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