Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Trump's declaration of 'Mission Accomplished' has potential to backfire

Then-President George W. Bush declares the end President Trump: 'Mission Accomplished'
Stacy Diaz | 16 April, 2018, 11:32

The strike on Syria does not represent a change in USA policy in Syria, senior administration officials revealed Saturday. "I believe that we took the heart of it out with the attacks. But..." The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

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

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

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

"I'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future, but I suspect that they'll think long and hard about it based on the activities of last night", the lieutenant general said.

Both Russia and Iran condemned the airstrikes, with Russian military officials claiming Saturday that the Syrian military had shot down more than 70 missiles.

While there appears to be no immediate alternative to the so-called Geneva Process that would lead to a political transition in Syria, several senior US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink.

A USA official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria. He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks. Talking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek instructed The Related Press there have been maybe 50 warehouses in Syria that saved chemical weapons earlier than this system was dismantled in 2013. "It is not to get involved in the Syrian civil war", she added.

Disputing the Russian army's competition that Syrian air protection items downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie mentioned no US or allies missiles had been stopped.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

105 missiles were launched all together and officials said the attack dealt Assad a "severe blow".

A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.

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. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".