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Russian trolls launch a disinformation campaign after the Syria airstrikes: Pentagon

Russian trolls launch a disinformation campaign after the Syria airstrikes: Pentagon”

White said the strike was a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to Assad's use of Syria's chemical weapons and stated several times that "out goal in Syria continues to be to defeat ISIS", but that the USA can not ignore the threat that Assad's actions present.

Speaking at a press conference, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said the strikes had successfully hit every target.

"They were largely ineffective and increased risk to their own people", he said.

"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".

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

McKenzie said the strikes were precise, overwhelming and effective.

The Russian military is supporting the Syrian regime, purportedly in its fight against ISIS, however it is yet to condemn or even acknowledge Assad's continued use of chemical weapons on the non-IS rebels he is separately fighting against.

This was what remained of the scientific research center which was obliterated in the airstrikes.

McKenzie said there were no initial reports of civilian casualties in large part because the operation was planned to be carried out during the night.

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.

A third airstrike targeted a storage site for chemical weapons equipment and a command post, both of which also were located near Homs. "None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

US President Donald Trump on Saturday morning thanked France and the United Kingdom for their participation in the airstrikes against positions of Assad's government, which has been engaged in a seven-year-old civil war against rebel groups and is backed by Russian Federation and Shia militias.

Last night an official from the Assad regime had boasted the strikes will have had little effect.

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.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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