Assad Stages Independence Day Rally Claiming Victory over U.S. Strikes

Syrians rally in Damascus' Umayyad square on April 16, 2018 in support of President Bashar al-Assad following Western air strikes against the regime over an alleged chemical attack

Dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government claims that “tens of thousands of Syrians” took to the streets in Damascus on Monday to celebrate Syrian Independence Day and mark the regime’s “victory” over this weekend’s airstrikes launched by the U.S. and its allies, suggesting the attack failed to dent the country’s chemical weapons program.

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