Russian officials say Assad upbeat after strikes


The phrase was the same one the last Republican president, George W. Bush, employed to his regret in 2003, when the Iraq war was far from over.

US air strikes on Syria were in the "vital national security and foreign policy interests" of the United States and were meant to prevent future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime, President Trump told Congress on Sunday. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump hailed the "perfectly executed strike" of the three western nations on Syria, noting "Mission Accomplished!" in his tweet. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retains "residual" capacity but gave no details about what could be left. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.

Chlorine, as a commercially available substance, was not included in the 2013 agreement.

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria visited Douma but found no trace of chemical weapons use there.

From Moscow, President Vladimir Putin denounced the operation as "an act of aggression" but officials also noted that no Russian military assets had been threatened. "We are not scared of America's missiles".

"In the USA administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's Department for Non-proliferation and Arms Control.

The fall of Douma came after a punishing government offensive and a surrender deal struck with rebel groups.

A protest against US -led air strikes on Syria was held at the Union Square in NY city on Saturday afternoon. "This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

The Pentagon is backing President Donald Trump's assertion that the missile strikes on Syria were "Mission Accomplished!"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel's "full support" for Friday's US-led air strikes in Syria.The US, allied with France.

It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria's seven-year civil war, and has pitted the United States and its allies against Moscow.

The Russian military claimed Syrian air defense systems had intercepted 71 Western missiles, though the Pentagon flatly dismissed the claim and said all missiles hit their targets.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", said Mattis, adding that White and Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie would speak "in effort to maintain transparency and accuracy".

"Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack". He said three civilians were injured during a strike at one site. The U.S. war there dragged on for eight more years.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the U.S. and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the US and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation".