Smoke is seen from a distance in the Damascus. Picture: Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua

Washington - US 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.

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.

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That visual dogged Bush's presidency as the war dragged out, with worsening American casualties, for the remainder of his two terms in office.