World Airstrikes hit Syria, but Assad unfazed

17:05  14 april  2018
17:05  14 april  2018 Source:   CNN

In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike

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“At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria ,” the Pentagon told CNN in a statement. Although aid organizations blamed the Syrian government under President Bashar al- Assad for the suspected chemical attack, state-run media in both Syria and Russia denied those

An RAF Tornado taxis into its hangar after landing at Britain Royal Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, after a Syria strike mission, April 14, 2018. © Cpl L Matthews/AP An RAF Tornado taxis into its hangar after landing at Britain Royal Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, after a Syria strike mission, April 14, 2018.

When the skies above Damascus lit up in the early morning hours of Saturday, shock swept through the capital. Hearing explosions and watching Syrian military surface-to-air missiles streak through the skies, many in Syria suspected a large-scale US-led intervention was underway.

"You could tell that this wasn't your average Damascus night-time battle. It was something far bigger," said British-born Syrian journalist Danny Makki from his home in the capital.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included women and children and the death toll from the air strikes , which hit a camp for “It’s clearly an effort by Assad to push his agenda, but it is incumbent on Russia to assert influence on that regime to maintain the cessation of hostilities.”

That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria .” SLIPPERY WHEN WET: Obama twisting and turning to hide the real agenda to ‘degrade and destroy’ Bashar al Assad in Syria . Put aside for a minute that any US airstrikes conducted inside Syria without consultation from the Syrian

The skies cleared and dawn broke. It became clear that America and its allies had barked, but the bite was lacking.

The Syrian military claimed that US, British and French aircraft and ships fired around 110 missiles but that very few had hit their targets. The General Command claimed that the "Syrian Air Defense systems confronted, with high competence, the missiles of the aggression and shot down most of them."

The Pentagon denied that any missiles were intercepted by the Syrian regime and said that strikes "successfully hit every target."

Pictures posted on various pro-Assad social media accounts showed Syrian soldiers standing next to what was said to be the remnants of American cruise missiles. The message was clear: the airstrike have not weakened Assad, despite US President Donald Trump having gloated that he would fire "new, shiny and smart" missiles.  

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An American airstrike has hit pro- Syrian government forces in southern Syria as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area, a coalition statement The airstrike was an apparent signal to President Bashar al- Assad to keep his forces out of a zone where U.S.-backed rebels are fighting ISIS.

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Meanwhile, the Russian army took a swipe at Trump. "Soviet-made" Syrian weapons, Russian general staff's main operations department head Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said, had repelled the attack by the US and its allies' jets and naval ships.

The embattled Syrian president, Bashar al Assad, projected a "business as usual" attitude. Video posted on the Syrian Presidency's Twitter page showed Assad showing up for work at one of his offices at 9 a.m. sharp. Casually walking through the hallways of what appeared to be one of his presidential palaces, his briefcase in hand, he later issued a defiant statement: "This aggression will only increase the determination of Syria and its people to continue fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country."

'Gas Killing Animal'

Trump lashed out at Assad after the alleged chemical attack in then rebel-held Douma on April 7 which, according to opposition sources, killed more than 40 people while affecting hundreds more. In a tweet, he called Assad a "Gas Killing Animal." The United States, Britain and France all say they have proof that chemicals were used and that it was the Assad government that used them. Assad, who is routinely condemned by the international community for war crimes, and his Russian backers deny the allegations. 

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Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad , painted in 2016, have crusaded a bloody civil conflict against mavericks since 2011.( Nonetheless, U.S. officials denied that it had launched airstrikes on Syria .

On Monday, Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov referred to as the accusations towards Bashar Assad ’s regime a “provocation” and, referring to the airstrikes on the bottom in Homs, he added that the state of affairs in Syria was, “turning into too harmful” as “actors whom no one invited” present up

In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defense, a Tornado pilot sits in his cockpit before flying at Britain Royal Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus Saturday, April 14, 2018. © Cpl L Matthews/AP In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defense, a Tornado pilot sits in his cockpit before flying at Britain Royal Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus Saturday, April 14, 2018.

President Trump's strong words and the UN Security Council's failure to pass a resolution after the incident led to widespread fears among Assad's supporters that a US intervention would be strong. They were concerned it would potentially reverse the Syrian military's gains in the past years, or even target Assad directly.

But in the morning after the limited strikes, hundreds took to the streets in Damascus to celebrate.

"Syria celebrating! Impossible for European mentality! But here Syria everything will be okay..." Russian journalist Aleksandr Karchenko wrote on his Facebook account from Damascus.  

The feeling among many supporters of Assad and his military is that the latest airstrikes were symbolic rather than game-changing, that Trump issued wide-ranging threats and tough tweets, but then blinked. The intervention will not change the momentum that had swung in favor of Assad in Syria's seven-year-long civil war that had claimed 400,000 lives when the UN stopped updating the death toll in 2014.

After condemning the airstrikes, Syria's foreign ministry issued a statement promising Damascus would continue its military campaign against the opposition, which it classifies as Takfiri, or extremist. The US-led strikes, the statement said, "will not affect the determination and will of the Syrian people and their armed forces to continue pursuing the remnants of Takfiri terrorism and defending Syria's sovereignty."

Dem lawmaker resurfaces 2013 Trump tweet criticizing Obama for Syrian airstrikes .
<p>Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) on Friday resurfaced an old tweet from President Trump criticizing his predecessor for striking Syria without congressional approval after Trump announced his own military strikes in Syria.</p>Trump authorized airstrikes in Syria on Friday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack the U.S. has blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Nadler said he agreed with the measure but said Trump needed to get congressional approval for such action.

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