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Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says

US defense chief James Mattis said later that "right now, this is a one-time shot", rejecting to rule out further strikes against Syria. Later he tweeted: "Mission accomplished".

Images from the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe now appear to show at least two of these three sites - the Barzeh Research and Development Center and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage complex - before and after the strikes. The mission, according to Pentagon officials, has "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to manufacture chemical weapons.

In a statement on Saturday, the IRGC said the trilateral military strike on Syrian government targets will strengthen the willpower of the anti-terror resistance elements and deepen the Syrian nation's hatred of the Western-Arab criminals. No casualties have been reported.

These missile strikes were coordinated by the U.S., France and the response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government in Douma last week. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons used by that very awful regime". British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted", with no intention of toppling Assad or intervening more widely in the war.

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday that the strikes had been carried out in violation of norms and principles of the worldwide law. Russian Federation has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.

Ms Haley said the U.S. and its allies had given diplomacy "chance after chance" but Russian Federation had continued to veto United Nations resolutions.

Trump, who had telegraphed the attack on Twitter, told the nation that preventing the production and use of chemical weapons is in the national interests of the United States. A similar strike for similar purposes at a similar time previous year didn't deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from repeatedly and illegally using the banned weapons. China too opposed the strikes.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

The United States, Britain and France have all participated in the Syrian conflict for years, arming rebels, bombing Islamic State fighters and deploying troops to fight the militants.

UN chief calls for restraint UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states on Saturday "to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of Syrian people".

Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention".