... "I think that nobody needs the attack in the form it is spoken about and with such results. It very much looks like training before you start shooting in earnest," Mikhail Gorbachev told Latvia's Baltkom radio station. ...I believe the operative word for the April 13 strike is "probing" rather than training.
Testing testing one two three: Syria says false alarm set off its air defences - Reuters, April 17:
... Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying a number of air defence missiles had been fired but no foreign attack had taken place.Senators leave classified briefing on Trump's Syria policy 'very unnerved' - CNN, April 18:
Separately, a commander in the regional military alliance backing the government attributed the malfunction to “a joint electronic attack” by Israel and the United States targeting the Syrian radar system.
The issue had been dealt with by Russian experts, said the commander, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. ...
... "I am very unnerved by what I'm hearing and seeing," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who said the briefing on the strikes from, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, made him more worried, not less. The administration is "going down a dangerous path" with regards to Syria, he said, without offering details.
Graham told reporters that the administration has no military strategy to counter Iranian and Russian influence and seems willing "to give Syria to Assad, Russia, and Iran."
"I think Assad, after this strike, believes we're all tweet and no action," Graham said. ...Well I think Assad believes the United States is run by a bunch of extremely dangerous psychopaths with a god complex.
STILL trying to overthrow Assad. US Threatens to Use Force against Russia, to Strike Syria Once Again - SouthFront, April 18
The US is ready to use force against Russia in Syria and already warned Moscow of this, Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State has said in a written statement to congressional committee on foreign affairs.
Mitchell added that Russian mercenaries have allegedly tried to attack US military positions in Syria.
“In the upcoming days and weeks the US and our allies will weaken and defeat IS, support stable Syria and limit malicious influence of Iran,” he continued.
The Assistant Secretary of State claimed that the conflict in Syria can only be solved via the so-called Geneva format calling on Russia to join the talks and also bring the Syrian government along.
After the success of the Astana format involving Russia, Iran and Turkey, the US is attempting to relaunch the Geneva format in order to restore its political influence on the conflict.
Meanwhile, United States House of Representatives Chairman Ed Royce claimed that the April 14 US-led missile strike on Syria had been “legal and justified”. He also threatened Syria with further strikes.
“The US and our allies were justified in taking limited military action against Bashar al-Assad in response to his barbaric use of chemical weapons. Hopefully, the Syrian dictator gets the message. If not, I have no doubt there will be more military strikes,” Royce said on the Foreign Affairs Hearing.
He noted that Washington needs a strategy to get a “political solution that moves beyond Assad to secure a lasting peace.”
[END REPORT]"In foreign policy, Royce's voting record has earned a 0% rating from the peace organization SANE." (Wikipedia) This organization has a problem with putting nuclear weapons in space.