Assad calls missile strikes an act of 'American aggression'


In a statement on Saturday, he reiterated the Russian view that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma that killed dozens of civilians was fake: "Russian military experts, having visited the place of the alleged incident, did not find any traces of the use of chlorine or other poisonous substances".

Russian Federation and Syria have denied that chemical weapons were used at all and said their own investigators had been to the area and found no trace of them.

The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syrian war through activists on the ground, said installations belonging to the country's elite Republican Guards were also targeted.

Pro-regime forces in Syria opened fire on buses carrying rebels and civilians from Eastern Ghouta, killing a 14-year-old boy, a monitor said Sunday.

"This was not geared towards weakening Assad's conventional military capabilities", said Kamran Bokhari, a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy in Washington.

Kaine said the Syrian operations lack a clear strategy.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

"We'll see how smart he is", Haley said.

"This is not about regime change ..."

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said sidelining parliament was "a serious mistake", while leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas accused May of timing the strikes to "avoid a debate in parliament", which she described as "outrageous". "Trump did it to save face".

"President Assad was in absolutely positive spirits".

· Syria and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, have repeatedly called the alleged gas attack in Douma a "fabrication" used to justify military intervention.

"He never thought he would get out in 48 hours", she said. But the U.S. Department of Defense said on Saturday that none of the missiles were downed.

Haley sidestepped a question from Wallace of Fox News about whether any chemical attack - however small - definitely would trigger another round of airstrikes. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations. "Our warnings have been left unheard", Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the US, wrote on Facebook.

President Trump has not yet responded to Eid's "beer summit" invitation.

In condemning the US-led attack, Assad insisted on Saturday that the missile strikes would only strengthen his nation's resolve to keep its fight against Western-backed terror groups and "crush terrorism in every inch of the nation".

"We all know our work in Syria is not done", she said.

The pontiff said: "Despite the tools available to the global community, it is hard to agree on a common action toward peace in Syria or other regions of the world".

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of United States losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

The U.S., the United Kingdom and France carried out a coordinated missile attack on Syria Friday night, striking military installations involved with the use of chemical weapons.

This time, Trump declared "Mission Accomplished!" in a tweet, recalling the phrase made infamous by President George W. Bush after a premature celebration of the 2003 us -led invasion of Iraq.