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US bombing Syrian positions

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe attacks on the Syrian capital Damascus have targeted several sites as well as the Syrian government, a senior US military official said on Friday.

The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Danford, said the attacks had multiple targets in Syria, including a scientific research institute in Greater Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and another facility as a second target.

The first objective was a military facility used for the research and development of chemical and biological materials, the second being assessed as a major site for Syrian sarin gas equipment and the third containing chemical weapons and equipment stores, also an important command post.

He pointed out that the air and naval forces of three Western countries are the United States and its allies Britain and France, has participated in this process.

He also said that these attacks differ “qualitatively and qualitatively” from an attack by the United States alone against Syria last April, because this time “with two allies and against several sites, and will result in the long term, reduce Syria’s capabilities in the research and development of chemical and biological weapons.”

At a news conference, US Defense Secretary James Matisse also said the attacks directly targeted the Syrian government.