UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The United States, Britain and France launched military strikes against targets of the Syrian regime on Saturday in retaliation for a chemical attack Damascus accused of carrying out in Damascus near Damascus on Saturday.
Here is what we know about these strikes:
– Objectives –
The strikes targeted “sites linked to the capabilities of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the field of chemical weapons,” as US President Donald Trump declared at the White House in strikes that are a warning to Assad’s regime of using these weapons in the future.
The strikes targeted a scientific research facility in Damascus, a storage facility for chemical weapons in western Homs (center) and a military compound, an old missile base 24 kilometers west of Homs.
The British Defense Ministry said its fighters had fired “Storm Shadow” missiles at the complex, which “supposedly maintains chemical weapons” based on “very precise scientific analysis” to ensure maximum destruction of the Syrian chemical arsenal.
US military chief of staff General Joe Dunford said there were no plans for another military operation at the moment, adding that US allies were careful not to target Russian troops deployed in Syria.
The director of the observatory Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP that the “scientific research centers” and “military bases and headquarters of the Republican Guard and the fourth division in Damascus and its surroundings” that were targeted in the strikes were empty only by some elements of the guard, “completely cleared” three days ago .
“The destruction of a building with scientific laboratories and a training center” was held in Barza, northeast of Damascus, state television said.
French Minister of Defense Florence Barley confirmed that “the development and production of chemical weapons is damaged,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian confirmed that “a large part of the chemical arsenal” of the Syrian regime was “destroyed” in strikes last night.
– Participating forces –
The United States, Britain and France have used “naval and air forces” in the air strikes, which US Defense Secretary James Matisse said used more than double the size of the munitions used in the US air strike in April 2017 at the base of the military capillaries in central Syria.
The strikes in 2017 were in response to a chemical attack blamed on the Syrian regime in the northwest of the country and included the use of 59 Tomahawk missiles.
The British Ministry of Defense announced that four Royal Air Force Tornado GR-4 fighter jets “fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military compound west of Homs.”
France announced the launch of three cruise missiles of multitasking frigates in the Mediterranean Sea and nine of the warplanes deployed in the region.
The Russian military said the United States, France and Britain had fired a total of 103 surface-to-surface missiles, including Tomahawk missiles, and Syrian air defense with Soviet-made systems intercepted 71 of them.
– Results –
Syrian forces responded to Western strikes by firing surface-to-air missiles, and Russia did not intervene in the response.
The official Syrian media reported that only three people were injured as a result of a missile derailment after being dropped, while the Russian army confirmed that the strikes did not cause “any casualty” between civilians and military.