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Pentagon: Airstrikes do not mark change in U.S.'s Syria policy; Assad response will determine if more action needed

U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, performed with the help of the U.K. and France, have "significantly crippled" the chemical-weapon features of President Bashar al-Assad, the Pentagon believes, consistent with spokesperson Dana White. But whether or not U.S. action stops with Friday's reaction depends on the Assad regime's next moves, White said Saturday. The U.S. venture in Syria stays defeating recognized terrorist mobile ISIS, and is not a choice for regime trade, but the U.S. is not going to stand by means of whilst Assad assaults "innocent Syrian people," White said. Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said that the U.S. did not specifically coordinate forward of the strikes with Assad-ally Russia. He used to be replying to a question asking if Russia used to be warned to not fire back. Russia, and if truth be told, Assad, have been warned forward of time that targeted strikes on chemical facilities would ensue according to suspected chemical-weapons use on civilians as a seven-year civil war rages in Syria.