Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

The president wrote "Mission Accomplished!" in regards to the strikes coordinated by the US, the United Kingdom and France against Syrian targets. This was the biggest intervention by western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since war broke out in 2011, with 103 missiles being fired from ships and manned aircraft as part of a coordinated campaign. The stated goal of America's military presence in Syria remains the defeat of the Islamic State.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the US was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until the Syrian leader ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. Mattis said that no follow-up strikes are planned, adding that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian and Syrian civilians nearby.

Trump earlier this month had reluctantly agreed to keep US troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time to defeat ISIS.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The morning after he ordered airstrikes to knock out chemical-weapons facilities in Syria, President Trump kicked off his Saturday tweeting with an extremely odd choice of wording.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman.

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Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons. In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said. He has continued to rail against the war while in office, and his supposed aversion to becoming entangled in unwinnable foreign conflicts led him to declare, just a few days ago, that he wanted to pull all USA troops out of Syria.

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded". The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

Trump's United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said she spoke with the president yesterday morning and he reiterated that American forces wouldn't hesitate to strike if Assad used chemical weapons again.

It is apparent that not even USA officials are aware of what the strikes were meant to achieve, and what the US strategy in Syria is.

If the US genuinely cared about the Syrian people over its regional power aspirations, then its anti-chemical weapons policy would have been consistent.

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