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Trump praler på Twitter om at det amerikansk ledede angreb på Syrien i sidste weekend var en "mission accomplished" [på dansk: "missionen er fuldført"]. Udtalelsen mødte kritik fra mange sider, som sammenlignede den med Bush's forhastede udtalelser om Irak.

Der har været forskellige rapporter om, hvor mange missiler, der blev skudt ned af Syriens antiluft forsvar, hvis materiel stammer fra Sovjettiden, og omfanget af den skade der blev forvoldt af de, som gik igennem landets antimissil skjold, men der er bred enighed om, at Trumps mission ikke opnåede meget, og at den endog har været mere militært ineffektiv, end sidste års angreb, der kom som svar på det falsk flag kemiske våbenangreb i Khan Sheikhoun. Desuden indikerer en udtalelse som "missionen er fuldført" en sejr, som er mere omfattende end blot nogle affyrede missiler, hvor de fleste af dem anses for aldrig at have nået deres mål.


Kommentar: Delvist oversat af Sott.net fra Trump's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment: What Next for the Middle East? Niall Bradley Speaks With Sputnik I linket til radioudsendelsen længere nede taler radioværten først med John Mesler, mens Niall Bradley kommer på ved 10:40


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Trump's known for his grandiose and hyperbolic statements to stir up support among his base and generate widespread attention, but he may have inadvertently walked into a narrative trap entirely of his own making with this latest tweet. Just a few weeks ago he was talking about withdrawing from Syria, but then all of a sudden the Douma chemical weapons false flag attack was used as his pretext for launching the failed missile strike against the country. Not only that, but his UN Representative Nikki Haley later declared that American troops will remain in the Arab Republic until the US' goals were accomplished, which she described as responding to reports of chemical weapons attacks, ensuring Daesh's defeat, and keeping an eye on Iran. These open-ended objectives suggest that Trump's Syrian mission is far from accomplished.
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Building off of the US' new publicly declared goals in Syria, Washington will likely rely on its supposed anti-Daesh mission to justify expanding its military commitment to its allied Kurdish proxies in the northeast of the country, which could potentially see the US pushing for Damascus to recognize their unilaterally declared "federalization" from March 2016 in order to de-facto legitimize a new American client state in the region. This would complement the US' real objective of "containing" Iranian influence in the Arab Republic, which it's becoming more comfortable publicly admitting, especially in light of Israel's threats to continue bombing suspected IRGC and Hezbollah targets in Syria. As the anti-terrorist phase of the conflict more openly returns to its original multidimensional proxy one, Trump might regret having prematurely declared that anything of significance was accomplished there.

Niall Bradley, editor and analyst for the independent news site SOTT.net, and John Mesler, retired local government employee and musician who's now a peace activist, commented on the issue.