Syria says Western attack 'doomed to fail'

Getty								Trump and Assad

Getty Trump and Assad

President Trump declared "mission accomplished" Saturday after USA military forces carried out missile strikes with Britain and France against Syrian chemical-weapons facilities. But the Pentagon said on Saturday that worry had been eased by the fact that there were no Russian casualties as a result of Friday's military campaign.

When asked whether the British parliament should approve any possible United Kingdom intervention in Syria, Shaw said that he wonders "what possible motive could have triggered Syria to launch this chemical attack at this time in this place".

Senator Marco Rubio applauded the strikes for preventing hostile regimes like Syria's Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

How successful was the mission?

Since the USA and its allies attacked Syria Friday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on its own people, there has been a significant surge in Russian trolls promoting fake news, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

"As Secretary Mattis said last night, the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press conference.

Director of the Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still maintains "residual" capacity. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider worldwide commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

May went on to dismiss as "grotesque and absurd" a claim by Russian Federation, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, that the Douma attack was staged by Britain.

Russian Federation is one of Assad's strongest allies and has military bases in Syria.

The United States "is locked and loaded" to strike Syria again in response to new chemical attacks, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Saturday.

- The only retaliatory action was some Syrian surface-to-air missile activity, the U.S. said. US officials said they could not yet confirm that. Iran's Supreme Leader called the attack a crime and the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps said it gave "the resistance a more open hand", although it did not threaten to retaliate.

Syrian state television said government forces had shot down more than a dozen missiles, and claimed only the research facility in Damascus had been damaged.

He met his national security team on the situation in Syria later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement.

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.

Trump had much to say about the reasons for the USA missile strike. The town was held by rebels fighting against the Assad regime.

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