Late Friday, The U.S., France, and the UK fired more than 100 missiles at Syrian targets in response to a suspected chemical attack last week.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “mission accomplished,” following what he described as a “perfectly executed” strike against Syria.
He wrote, “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.”
In another tweet, he added, “So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close!”
During a briefing Saturday morning.Pentagon spokeswoman supported the move.
On Saturday, during a briefing, she said, “Operations were very successful. We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chemical weapons program. So it was mission accomplished.”
When pressed, she added, “It was a successful mission. What happens next depends on what the Assad regime decides to do.”
On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis characterized the strikes as a stronger response to Assad than a strike against a Syrian air base last year following a previous chemical weapons attack.
The latest strike involved more than 100 weapons.
In a press briefing with at the Pentagon, Mattis told reporters, “Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time our allies and we have struck harder.”
He added, “We used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year. We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time, it was a heavy strike.”
Mattis said no additional strikes against Syria are planned, calling it “a one-time shot.”
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