Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria Strike

Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria Strike

'I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back.

The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished". Standing on the deck of the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, he proudly announced "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" as a banner that read "Mission Accomplished" hung in the background.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

He said, "Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". 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. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the U.S.is using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it.

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.

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The strikes "successfully hit every target", White told reporters at the Pentagon.

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

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons. In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force. 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.

"Is there ANYONE in the White House with an understanding of history?" he asked. Democrats and others denounced Trump's use of the "Mission Accomplished" phrase as odd, incautious and premature. 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.

"We, of course, know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

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