Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

15 April, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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As Saturday morning broke, hundreds of Syrian people came out to the streets in Damascus to defy, condemn a joint US, British and French attack earlier at dawn.

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend's chemical weapons attack.

General Joseph Dunford at a Pentagon briefing shortly after Trump's announcement said three targets had been struck.

Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France had proof the Syrian government carried out the Douma attack and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered. "It was a successful mission", White said.

"They will lose years of research and development data, specialized equipment and expensive chemical weapons precursors", Mattis said.

The allied operation comes a year after the U.S. missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who had urged caution in White House deliberations leading up to the strike, told reporters Friday night that there would be no more attacks unless Assad again used gas on his own people.

But the chemical weapons capabilities, while effective in terrorizing civilians, were not vital to the regime's recent military successes.

The Russian leader noted that the USA, just like a year ago, when it attacked Shayrat Airbase, used a staged chemical attack against civilians as a pretext.

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She said nearly a century of global acceptance about not using chemical weapons had been eroded in Douma and Salisbury.

Assad's regime has been steadily expanding control over the country during the past couple years, relying heavily on Iranian-linked ground forces and Russian aircraft to regain territory from rebels.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response.

At an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Saturday, the USA envoy said the U.S.is "locked and loaded" if the Syrian regime is "foolish enough to test our will". He declared on Twitter Wednesday that United States missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' " And he insisted privately he be able to make good on his promise, even as he sought to obscure his plans in public, the officials familiar with the deliberations said.

The U.S. also warned Russian Federation about the airspace that the U.S. military would be using through a military communications channel it has been utilizing to avoid mishaps. As Mattis and other top officials cast their eyes downward and assumed clenched-jawed expressions, Trump tore into his attorney general, deputy attorney general and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a strident, partisan attack.

It said that 12 cruise missiles were fired at an airfield close to Damascus and all were intercepted by Syria's air defenses.

Earlier on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron also said France and its partners "will renew their efforts at the United Nations to allow the establishment of an worldwide mechanism to establish responsibility, prevent impunity and prevent any recurrence by the Syrian regime".

Neither country would have a motive for attempting to retaliate, since their objectives is to support Assad and his regime was not threatened by the strike.

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