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Trump: 'Mission accomplished' on 'perfectly executed' Syria strike

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter praised Western air strikes against the Syrian government on Saturday as “perfectly executed,” and added “Mission Accomplished."

“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, US, April 13, 2018. © Reuters US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, US, April 13, 2018.

Trump’s message echoed the words of a banner that hung behind former President George W. Bush when he gave a speech in 2003 from the USS Abraham Lincoln during the Iraq War. That visual dogged Bush’s presidency as the war dragged out, with worsening American casualties, for the remainder of his two terms in office.

TOPSHOT - Syrians ride a motorbike along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018 during an organised media tour after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave.


The announcement, which represents a key strategic victory for President Bashar al-Assad, came just hours after US-led strikes pounded Syrian government targets in response to a suspected chemical attack on the enclave's main town of Douma.
 / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images) US-led air strikes on Syria: Latest updates


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