Syrian government deploys forces in Douma

Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion: State media

The three countries consulted and collaborated on an assault in which more than a 100 missiles, reportedly targeting specific sites, were launched into Syria after the government was accused of a chemical attack. The town was also the scene of a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 that prompted the U.S., Britain and France to launch missiles on Syrian military targets early Saturday.

Syrian state TV says another 5,000 security forces are deploying in a town near the capital that was brought under full government control a week after an alleged chemical attack.

The front-page headline of the government daily Tishrin reads: "Our heroic army shoots down the missiles of aggression".

Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the incoming missiles, according to the report, which urged citizens not to believe other media reports "intentionally or unintentionally" exaggerating the results of the attack.

It vowed in its statement that the fact-finding mission due to go to Douma later Saturday "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma".

Russian inspectors have already concluded that chemical weapons were not used.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

Natalya Komarova, governor of Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk region, also attended Sunday's meeting.

"Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

The ministry also pointed out that the strikes were carried out when the Syrian troops's offensive against IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS], Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups was successful. "All facts point to the desire of the USA and its allies to provide the radicals and extremists with an opportunity to gather their breath, restore their ranks, drag out the bloodshed on Syrian soil and thereby complicate the political settlement", the ministry said.

Syrian state TV carried live images of hourslong street celebrations with people dancing and chanting in support of their government's "steadfastness" following unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain on Syria. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations. It added that such conclusions are also backed by the unwillingness of the United States and its allies to participate in the reconstruction or the areas liberated by the Syrian government.

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