Pentagon reports increase in Russian trolls since Syria strike

Henrietta Strickland
April 16, 2018

The strikes targeted three areas of Syria: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

The U.S. military during missile attacks on targets in Syria did not record activity funds of the Russian air defense, stationed in the Republic.

"I would say there's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there", he said. The strikes come one week after reports of a grisly chemical attack in the town of Douma that killed more than 40 people.

Russia's Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said the hail of missiles did little damage, claiming Syrian fighters, using the 30-year-old missile defense systems Russian Federation had given them, were able to bring them down.

Syrian forces fired 40 surface-to-air missiles during the operation, mostly after the attack was over, he said. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said. McKenzie said 76 missiles were used in that strike. "We weren't trying to kill a lot of people", he said.

The presser took place after the President tweeted "Mission Accomplished!" earlier Saturday morning.

It said a second airstrike by the United States and its allies destroyed a warehouse west of the western city of Homs, where Assad's government was storing its main reserves of sarin gas, one of the substances purportedly used in the alleged chemical attacks.

"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".

White started the press conference by saying the use of chemical weapons is an inexcusable violation of global law and the US will not tolerate it. But Friday night, the White House released what it said was "a significant body of information" that pointed to the use of chlorine gas - and possibly also the deadly nerve agent sarin.

Syria, meanwhile, claimed it shot down around a dozen missiles during the attack, which erupted around 4 a.m. Syria time.

It appears that Russian Federation and Syria are trying to publish propaganda to try to minimize the public perception of the strike. It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

White called on Russian Federation to demand Assad dismantle his chemical weapons program. The actions of Damascus, he called inefficient and risky.

They added: "We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages".

The US Defence Department has said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition's planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

This was a larger operation than the 59 missiles launched last April, in an attack on Syria a year ago.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", he said. "Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward".

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