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What is known about the strikes of the United States, Britain and France on Syria
14.04.2018, 10:27 (updated at 15:37)
The Syrian Air Defense Forces (AA) were unable to intercept a single missile or aircraft from the United States, Britain and France during a strike by these countries today on three sites in Syria. This was announced by the representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, at the briefing. In total, the Pentagon estimates that the Syrian army has produced more than 40 Earth-to-air missiles.
“Most of these launches took place after our hit was over. It seems that the regime has launched many of these missiles on the ballistic trajectory, that is, without targeting. Syria’s defense efforts were largely ineffective and clearly increased the risk to its own population on the basis of such an indiscriminate response. If you run the iron in the air without targeting, it must fall somewhere, “said Lieutenant-General Mackenzie.
According to the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the blows were inflicted on “chemical development companies”. He noted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not on the list of goals for which the U.S., British and French forces launched missile strikes, the targets were chosen exclusively to “weaken the ability of the Syrian military machine to create chemical Weapons “.
The Minister stressed that it was a single blow. “Right now, we have no plans for additional attacks,” James Matte said. The same was confirmed by the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford. He clarified that the first U.S. strike in Syria was directed to the research center, the second to the chemical weapons warehouses, where, according to the U.S., chemical weapons are stored.
The “Коммерсантъ” military source in Syria reported that 10 targets were attacked in the Damascus and Homs area, including the headquarters of the presidential Guard, the air defense system under Mount Kasjun in Damascus and the research centers.
Official sources do not confirm this information. The state agency only reported strikes on the scientific and Military Center in Barze in the Damascus area and a military facility in Homs. According to media reports, the attacked military facilities were evacuated in advance.
As one of the residents of Damascus said “Коммерсантъ”, the capital is so accustomed to constant bombardment that he woke up not from explosions, but from calls of agitated friends and relatives.
The airspace of the provinces of Latakia, Tartous, Aleppo and Hasakah are not affected by the Western coalition’s attacks on Syria, the Syrian state agency SANA said.
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