USA strikes cripple Syria's chemical weapons ability: Pentagon

This was what remained of the scientific research center which was obliterated in the airstrikes. The Pentagon said the mission set Syria's chemical weapons attack back'several years

"We successfully hit every target", White said.

"None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and we have no indication that Russian air defense systems were deployed", McKenzie said.

U.S. -led precision air strikes target "heart" of regime's chemical weapons program; analysis from Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, former assistant vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.

While Syria tried to pre-empt the press conference by publicly claiming that Syrian air defenses shot down 71 of 103 missiles, McKenzie said: "No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did", and that the U.S. McKenzie said 76 missiles were used in that strike.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons. That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area.

Syria, with allies Russian Federation and Iran, denied the use of chemical weapons and bizarrely the Kremlin even branded the attack as lies, a baffling claim dismissed by Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

The US has ridiculed Russia's claim that Syrian fighters shot down 71 of the 105 missiles fired in the Damascus airstrikes and described the falsehood as the start of a "disinformation campaign". It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

A third airstrike targeted a storage site for chemical weapons equipment and a command post, both of which also were located near Homs.

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Syria's President Bashar Assad announced that his country would respond to the allied attack but offered no details.

White called on Russian Federation to demand Assad dismantle his chemical weapons program.

He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus. Some clapped their hands and danced, other drove in convoys, honking their horns in defiance.

'We are not cooperating with them in Syria. "Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

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.

This was a larger operation than the 59 missiles launched last April, in an attack on Syria previous year.

While underscoring US intentions to hold Russian Federation and Syria accountable for the latest chemical weapons attack, Trump also emphasized that the USA mission in Syria was not open-ended. "Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward".


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