Russian President Putin says strike on Syria will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe

Syria claims a third of the missiles fired during the US-led air strikes were shot down

Syria claims a third of the missiles fired during the US-led air strikes were shot down

Last night an official from the Assad regime had boasted the strikes will have had little effect. The United States, France, and the United Kingdom acted after careful evaluation of these facts.

He added: 'Could not have had a better result. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

USA officials said that ship-launched missiles and planes were involved in the attacks, and British officials said that missiles launched from GR4 Tornados warplanes had hit a plant near Homs believed to be used for precursors for making chemical weapons.

"The three leaders agreed that the military strikes taken against the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons sites had been a success", a No 10 spokesman said.

"These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster", he said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also expressed "full support" for the strikes. "You have nothing but disdain for the U.N. Charter and the Security Council which you are unjustifiably trying to use for your illicit aims".

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant faction whose fighters have often been the vanguard of government onslaughts, condemned the "treacherous" attack on "its sister Syria", calling it a continuation of a strike by Israel on a Syrian air base this week that killed seven Iranian personnel.

Capt. Adulsalam Abdulrazek, a former officer in Syria's chemical program, said the overnight strikes probably hit "parts of, but not the heart" of the operation.

He said: "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".

President Donald Trump and his British and French allies say the airstrikes were necessary to deter Syria's use of chemical weapons but Russian Federation insists there's no evidence that chemical weapons were used.

But with Saturday's attacks, Trump has abruptly deepened United States involvement in Syria.

Saturday morning the President tweeted that the strikes were successful, saying the joint actions between the U.S., U.K., and France "could not have had a better result".

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The Pentagon on Saturday echoed the President's assessment.

According to chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, the locations of the precision strikes were "carefully orchestrated" to minimize collateral damage but to prevent future use and production of chemical weapons. "We met our objectives". "We call upon Russian Federation to honor its commitment to ensure the Assad regime dismantles its chemical weapons program and never uses chemical weapons again". "So it was mission accomplished". "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will". The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime.

However, Jandali Riafi said he believes the strike may have actually backfired, giving Assad propaganda material.

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The first of the targets was a research center near the capital city of Damascus; 76 missiles were launched against the center.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", White told reporters at the Pentagon.

Syrian state TV claimed that several civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles had been intercepted by Soviet-era air-defense systems.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. Syrian television said the attacks targeted a scientific research centre in Barzeh, near Damascus, and an army depot near Homs.

After the USA attack, Syria state TV appeared to show a country back at work - broadcasting footage of Assad returning to his office in a suit, briefcase in hand. McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over. He also noted that while Russian Federation had refrained from supplying Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missile systems, that could be reconsidered now.

A year later, the joint OPCW-U.N. panel determined the Syrian government had twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine against its opponents in civilian areas in northern Idlib province.

The NSC counters arguments made by the Syrian and Russian governments that the April 7 attack was fabricated by Western governments, saying, "Such a widespread fabrication would require a well-organized and compartmented campaign to deceive multiple media outlets while evading our detection".

"There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours".

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