Syrians Come Out to the Streets to Back Gov't after US Attack

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

They were a predictable move, considering Trump made threats earlier in the week.

"This aggression will only make Syria and its people more determined to keep fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country", he said in comments published by his office.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter praised Western air strikes against the Syrian government on Saturday as "perfectly executed", and added "Mission Accomplished". He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible for the gas attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb last week.

The U.S. military, along with the United Kingdom and France, conducted a "proportional, precision, coordinated" strike in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. "Without the authorization of the United Nations Security Council, in defiance of the UN Charter, norms and principles and global law, an act of aggression has been committed against a sovereign state, which is at the forefront of the war on terror", the Kremlin press service quotes Putin as saying. US officials said they gave Russian Federation no specific warnings of the attacks or the targets, but used the usual hotline with Moscow's military to ensure the airspace was clear.

The next morning, the White House announced Trump had scrapped a planned trip to South America to monitor the response to Syria - a decision Bolton argued for in his first days on the job.

The Syrian regime, however, fired about 40 surface-to-air missiles at incoming missiles or aircraft, but most seemed to lack effective guidance systems and were not effective, the Pentagon said.

Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.

Amid the scramble, Pentagon officials, led by Mattis, cautioned that a blanket bombing campaign could risk drawing the United States into conflict with Russian Federation and Iran, who back Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, officials said.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US and its allies had committed a "major crime" in Syria. Those aides have noted the President's daily calls with American allies and the meetings he's convened of national security officials to weigh his options.

Meanwhile Rouhani warned the attack would lead to destruction in the Middle East, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died. "Not a single local resident confirmed that a chemical attack had taken place", the president emphasized.

A team of inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons attack near the capital that has brought the war-torn country to the brink of a wider conflict, amid Western threats of retaliation and Russian warnings of the potential for "a risky escalation".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with United Nations security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team", it said. The U.K. Defense Ministry said the strikes were "successful".

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