After the U.S., France and United Kingdom hit Syria with airstrikes late Friday night in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by al-Assad against civilians, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said Russian Federation has already started to beef up its misinformation game on social media.
She spoke after the US led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country's years-long civil war.
Addressing the council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"
The Russian leader claims the attack is "an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism".
Senior Russian military officials said on Saturday that Syria's air defenses, which are mostly made up of Soviet-era systems, had shot down 71 of the Western missiles.
He said the missiles used by the Western nations were delivered from British, French and US air and naval platforms in the Red Sea, the Northern Arabian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean.
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In the meeting with the Russians, Assad said that the strikes had demonstrated that Russian weapons were superior to US ones, according to the lawmakers.
Reports say US Tomahawk missiles used to target Syria, as United Kingdom and France deploy Tornado, Mirage and Rafale jets. Syria has always denied any chemical use and accused rebels of fabricating the attack. "Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition".
"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, told reporters.
"This is something we can not accept, the use of chemical weapons on civilians", he said, "and the global community needs to continue to stand extremely strongly as we continue to hold Syria accountable".
"A perfectly executed strike last night".
"The three leaders agreed that the military strikes taken against the Syrian regime's chemical weapons sites had been a success", Downing Street said in a readout of the calls.
- Downing Street has published a document setting out why it says military action against the Syrian regime was legal, stating it has met three conditions permitted under global law. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria.
One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned the USA -led attack, saying it violated the worldwide law and the UN Charter, Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Saturday.