Activists worry U.S. airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'

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"There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours", chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a briefing on Saturday.

Douma was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday.

"It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program". "But I think the lesson has been learned".

Photo: AP Damascus is seen as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday.

While Syria tried to pre-empt the press conference by publicly claiming that Syrian air defenses shot down 71 of 103 missiles, McKenzie said: "No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did", and that the U.S. He congratulated himself as well as allies for "their wisdom the power of their fine military" and that it "could not have had a better result". We thank them both. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said. Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen.

He said the relationship between the us and Russian Federation would witness more tensions after the strikes which could bring the world back to the times of the Cold War and even worse.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump added.

She said Trump was "locked and loaded" to order more airstrikes if Assad conducts another poison gas attack.

After May met with her Cabinet, a spokesperson issued a statement saying it is highly likely that Syria's President Bashar Assad was responsible for Saturday's attack that killed dozens outside Damascus.

President Putin is due to give an official response later today, amid fears Russia's leader will fight fire with fire.

Trump's anger and apparent determination was quickly matched by France's President Emmanuel Macron, who signed his country up for a joint response.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

The attack was twice as big as one launched by America previous year, which failed to deter Mr Assad.

"They will not benefit [from the attack] as they went to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the past years and committed such crimes and did not gain any benefits".

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