The Pentagon told about the inaction of the Russian air defense

Leslie Hanson
April 16, 2018

Ryabkov was speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump and Western powers launched missile strikes against Syria, a close ally of Russian Federation, over a suspected poison gas attack. The three nations who participated in the strike are three of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

President Trump, in a Saturday morning tweet, called the nighttime attack a "perfectly executed strike".

She said that unlike the airstrikes carried out in April 2017 against Assad, when the U.S. targeted Syria's Shayrat Airbase in Homs in retaliation for a chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, a town in the northwestern province of Idlib, the latest airstrikes were aimed at neutralizing chemical weapons research and development facilities.

The strikes significantly crippled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ability to produce chemical weapons, officials told reporters at a briefing, and the Pentagon was not aware of any civilian casualties resulting from the strikes.

The U.S. had no coordination or agreements with Russians before the strike, McKenzie said. "None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

While Russia and Syria sharply condemned the U.S., British and French attack, their initial response was verbal not military.

The coalition fired 103 missiles over 70 minutes at 4 a.m. local Syrian time, which was Friday night on the East Coast of the United States.

It also marks a step back by Trump from his assertion last week, before the chemical weapons attack, that he wants to "bring the troops back home" from Syria, signaling a quick withdrawal.

Two B-1 bombers fired 19 of the missiles. He noted that Putin had guaranteed a 2013 worldwide agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

The strikes targeted three areas of Syria: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

The Russian military is supporting the Syrian regime, purportedly in its fight against ISIS, however it is yet to condemn or even acknowledge Assad's continued use of chemical weapons on the non-IS rebels he is separately fighting against.

White said the strike was a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to Assad's use of Syria's chemical weapons and stated several times that "out goal in Syria continues to be to defeat ISIS", but that the US can not ignore the threat that Assad's actions present.

Officials noted that they are still collecting information and more details will be provided as assessments are completed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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