Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

This was what remained of the scientific research center which was obliterated in the airstrikes. The Pentagon said the mission set Syria's chemical weapons attack back'several years

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. Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately.

The strikes significantly crippled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ability to produce chemical weapons, officials told reporters at a briefing, and the Pentagon was not aware of any civilian casualties resulting from the strikes.

U.S. Joint Staff Director Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the three nations had deployed 105 weapons against Syrian targets and all the Western nations' aircraft safely returned to their bases at the end of the strike mission.

McKenzie said that Syria did launch 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles (SAM) after the USA -led operation was over, and alluded to the possibility that Assad's 40 SAMs could have hit his own people because the Syrian missiles "had to come down somewhere".

White called out Russia and said that its disinformation campaign has increased and that there had been a 2,000-percent increase in online Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.

She said that unlike the airstrikes carried out in April 2017 against Assad, when the United States targeted Syria's Shayrat Airbase in Homs in retaliation for a chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, a town in the northwestern province of Idlib, the latest airstrikes were aimed at neutralizing chemical weapons research and development facilities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin put out a statement Saturday claiming the strike was an "act of aggression", after the Russian Ambassador to USA warned of "consequences" for the strike.

His comments come after Moscow claimed Syria had shot down 71 of 103 coalition missiles.

It also marks a step back by Trump from his assertion last week, before the chemical weapons attack, that he wants to "bring the troops back home" from Syria, signaling a quick withdrawal.

Russian Federation claimed that Syrian fighters were able to bring down 71 of the 100 missiles fired at three targets in Damascus, a claim which was rebuffed and ridiculed on Saturday.

White called on Russian Federation to demand Assad dismantle his chemical weapons program.

The three targets were the Barzah Research and Development Center, Him Shinsar Chemical Weapons Facility and the Him Shinsar Chemical Weapons Bunker Facility, and McKenzie showed before and after photos of each target.

The alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, strongly denied by Syria, has not been independently investigated and verified.

Despite severely damaging the infrastructure with the strikes, McKenzie said the Pentagon would not rule out that the Assad government still had capability to use such weapons again.

"We have not seen any military response from actors within Syria".

An worldwide inspection team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons planned to enter the city Saturday to investigate last week's chemical weapons attack.

Officials noted that they are still collecting information and more details will be provided as assessments are completed.



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