Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Activists worry U.S. airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'

Activists worry U.S. airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'

The televised image of Assad walking on gleaming marble floors toward his office, briefcase in hand, matched the rhetoric the Syrian government put out soon after the strike: the second USA attack in a year in response to suspected chemical weapons use has failed to rattle the regime and the president is in control. The broadcaster also urged people not to believe media reports that exaggerated the results of the airstrikes.

"He has seen off the jihadists and Americans for eight years, he will see them off for another 80!"

USA military officials said an initial assessment showed every one of the missiles struck its target on Saturday, reducing the facilities to rubble while avoiding any civilian casualties.

As vehicle horns blared, the crowd moved toward nearby Damascus University where pro-government fighters danced and waved their automatic rifles over their heads.

The "American attack is an important signal to the axis of evil-Iran, Syria and Hezbollah-a signal that says the use of chemical weapons crosses the red line against humanity and will not be tolerated, " Israeli housing minister and security cabinet member Yoav Gallant, of the ruling coalition's Kulanu party, said on Twitter. "Trump's failure came with the victory of our army in Douma, which marks the biggest victory for the Syrian Arab Army".

The Syrian government posted a video of its leader, Bashar al-Assad, walking into his offices the morning after the strikes.

Strip away the bravado and the claims that 70 per cent of incoming missiles were destroyed: Even after a week's notice, the United States still took out exactly what it said it wanted to, when it wanted to.

The widely broadcast celebrations and the hastily organized police deployment in Douma appeared to be the government's response to the airstrikes.

"For the Syrian people, whether the government or rebels, war is never a solution", said Mercho, "nobody wins in war". The Russia military claimed that Syria's air defenses shot down some of the missiles launched by Western forces.

Assad "now dictates his own life", Haley said.

Beirut:Hours after a punishing US-led missile strike, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, dressed in a dark suit and tie, strode through the gates of his palace to start his day as usual. But the U.S. Department of Defense said on Saturday that none of the missiles were downed.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons. "Once again, it wanted to test the threshold of the global community's tolerance, and it found it". Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals and is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say.

Nasr al-Hariri, a senior opposition leader, said the worldwide community must take responsibility for any retaliation by the Syrian government against civilians in opposition areas. She does, however, call for Trump to present an "updated, clear strategy that carefully considers the next appropriate military and diplomatic steps while avoiding an extended military conflict".

"I suspect he continues to brutally defeat the rebels and the people living in rebel areas and reasserts control over Syria", Piazza said.

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said no missiles were stopped.

Some in the Syrian community believe it was a small positive step in the right direction while others believe it will only cause more problems for the USA and American troops in Syria.

She added that Russian Federation is feeling the effects of United States actions including "the sanctions that are continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday".

There had been concerns that if the allied strikes had hit Russian military personnel, it would have further escalated tension.

Assad is free to continue massacring who he sees fit with conventional weapons.

. An official there said the facility was used by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and helped develop cancer drugs.

"We did a strike a year ago for that same goal and it was deemed a success", but the Syrian government continued to use chemical weapons, King said. The operation targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities - one in the capital of Damascus and two others near Homs, near the border with northern Lebanon.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

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