Western officials said a barrage of cruise and air-to-land missiles hit what they said were sites linked to chemical weapons development.
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the pre-dawn strikes against Syria carried out
jointly by the US, Britain and France, saying they “could not have had a better result.”
Western officials said a barrage of cruise and air-to-land missiles hit what they said were sites
linked to chemical weapons development, in retaliation after a suspected toxic gas attack a week ago on
the rebel-held town of Douma, in the Damascus suburbs.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom
and the power of their fine Military,” Trump tweeted.
“Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
Branding last week’s alleged chemical attack the “crimes of a monster,” Trump announced the military
action against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in a White House address late Friday, defying fierce
warnings from Damascus ally Russia.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a “one-time shot” with no additional military action
planned for now.
In 2003, then US president George W. Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq aboard a
US aircraft carrier returning from the Gulf — with a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” behind
him — a declaration that proved premature.