After the U.S., France and United Kingdom hit Syria with airstrikes late Friday night in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by al-Assad against civilians, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said Russian Federation has already started to beef up its misinformation game on social media.
And, Syrians danced in the street as a show of defiance against the United States.
"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", said Mattis, adding that White and Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie would speak "in effort to maintain transparency and accuracy".
It said a second airstrike by the U.S. and its allies destroyed a warehouse west of the western city of Homs, where Assad's government was storing its main reserves of sarin gas, one of the substances purportedly used in the alleged chemical attacks.
Although the attack may send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad about future chemical use, it is unlikely to bring the wider Syrian conflict, which has killed upward of 500,000 people since 2011 and destabilized the region, closer to an end. The attack on this target involved 22 weapons: nine U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), eight Storm Shadow missiles, three naval cruise missiles and two Scout land attack cruise missiles.
"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes.
Saeed noted that he could not have stayed at the research center after the strikes if it had contained chemical weapons, as claimed by the U.S. and its allies.
Dunford said the first targeted was a scientific research center in the Damascus area.
"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.
The Pentagon says Syria launched 40 surface-to-air missiles in response to the coalition attack.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, says the US -led airstrikes against Syria has been "a very serious blow". "This is not about intervening in a civil war".