Assad 'in a good mood' despite missile strikes on Syria

Assad 'in a good mood' despite missile strikes on Syria

Trump had said: "Mission accomplished" on Twitter after the strikes, although U.S. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged elements of the program remained and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future.

A coalition of ships and bombers hammered three Syrian chemical weapons sites with 105 weapons on Friday night in an escalated response created to smash the Assad regime's capacity to use chemical weapons like chlorine and sarin gas.

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons.

She said that it is "entirely up to Assad" whether the missile attack on Syria was a one-time response to the suspected chemical attack by Syrian forces a week ago that killed more than 40 people or part of a continuing allied military effort.

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of USA, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7. Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news that he had convinced Trump to focus on the chemical weapons sites.

Russian foreign ministry official Vladimir Ermakov said Washington would want to maintain a dialogue with Moscow about strategic stability after the raids, Russian media reported.

In Damascus, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the OPCW's findings before attacking.

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President Trump addressed the nation from the White House on Friday night, local time, saying he had given the order for the USA military - in conjunction with Britain and France - to launch airstrikes on Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described USA -led air strikes against the country as an act of aggression during a meeting with Russian lawmakers Sunday.

"We of course know our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

Former CIA director John Brennan, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he believed the Trump administration's decision to strike Syria "was exactly right".

It has already been reported that a number of explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the US military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

It came as Syria's President Bashar Assad said the Western airstrikes against his country were accompanied by a campaign of "lies" and misinformation in the U.N. Security Council.

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