Pentagon: US allied strike set back Syrian chemical weapons program 'for years'

Putin said on Saturday that the strikes would exacerbate Syria's humanitarian crisis and that they were detrimental to international relations

Putin said on Saturday that the strikes would exacerbate Syria's humanitarian crisis and that they were detrimental to international relations

They said: "We have absorbed the strike".

White called out Russia and said that its disinformation campaign has increased and that there had been a 2,000-percent increase in online Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.

"This operation was carefully orchestrated and methodically planned to minimize potential collateral damage. We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said.

While Syria tried to pre-empt the press conference by publicly claiming that Syrian air defenses shot down 71 of 103 missiles, McKenzie said: "No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did", and that the U.S.

"This operation does not represent a change in U.S. policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

"This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said.

This was what remained of the scientific research center which was obliterated in the airstrikes. McKenzie said 76 missiles were used in that strike.

While the Pentagon stressed the narrow, precise-nature of the attacks, Trump emphasized in announcing the strikes that the allied forces "are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said late Friday that that the operation was "a one-time shot" but did not rule out further attacks.

McKenzie said that Syria did launch 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles (SAM) after the USA -led operation was over, and alluded to the possibility that Assad's 40 SAMs could have hit his own people because the Syrian missiles "had to come down somewhere".

A third airstrike targeted a storage site for chemical weapons equipment and a command post, both of which also were located near Homs.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores worldwide law", White said.

"A perfectly executed strike last night". Could not have had a better result.

While underscoring US intentions to hold Russian Federation and Syria accountable for the latest chemical weapons attack, Trump also emphasized that the USA mission in Syria was not open-ended.

The airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7 by Syrian government forces on the then-rebel-held town of Douma, located in the Eastern Ghouta region just east of Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said in a statement on Saturday that Syrian government troops and their allies had taken-up positions inside Douma and now have complete control over the area.

While Russia and Syria sharply condemned the U.S., British and French attack, their initial response was verbal not military.