Despite Trump's "Mission accomplished", question raised over US Syria strategy

Carla Harmon
April 16, 2018

"Mission Accomplished!" he wrote of the US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the suspected use of chemical weapons.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump said in a Twitter message.

She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the US will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people".

Later Sunday, Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them in writing of his decision to order the strike. Bush addressed sailors aboard a ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down U.S. forces for years. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, mentioned in a video, "Earlier than we took motion, the USA communicated with" Russia to "scale back the hazard of any Russian or civilian casualties".


Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma later on Saturday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack on April 7.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces. The Syrian air defenses missed the incoming missiles and kept firing even after the last US, British and French strikes were complete.

Both Russia and Iran condemned the airstrikes, with Russian military officials claiming Saturday that the Syrian military had shot down more than 70 missiles. "We know that it is now up to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again, and should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go", she said. 'It said to some, well, Bush think the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that.

The U.S. -led operation gained broad Western assist.


A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "parts of but not the heart" of the program. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

Russian chief Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's skepticism in regards to the allies' Douma declare, saying Russian army specialists had discovered no hint of the assault.

The Syrian government is believed to have been responsible for dropping a barrel bomb with chemical agents on a civilian population near Damascus a week ago.


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