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 Pentagon releases details on US-led airstrikes in Syria triggered by recent chemical attack. PHOTOS

The Pentagon disclosed more details about the three targets the American military struck in Syria late Friday in conjunction with British and French forces.

The coalition hit the Barzah Research and Development Center outside Damascus with 76 missiles, destroying the facility and setting back Syrian chemical weapons capabilities "for years," the U.S. military said in an initial assessment, Censor.NET reports citing The Washington Post.

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BEFORE: An image taken the day before the missile attack shows the Barzah research facility in northern Damascus. (satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe)

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AFTER: An image taken after the attack shows the research facility appears to have been destroyed. (satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe)

The second and third targets were part of what the U.S. military described as the Him Shinshar chemical weapons complex outside the city of Homs. The military said the strikes "completely destroyed" the complex’s chemical weapons storage facility and "successfully hit and sustained damage" to the installation’s chemical weapons bunker.

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BEFORE: An image taken the day before the missile attack shows the Barzah research facility in northern Damascus. (satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe)

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AFTER: An image taken after the attack shows the research facility appears to have been destroyed. (satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe)

CNN also released satellite images showing craters at alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities. The U.S. Department of Defense says that a chemical weapons storage facility was targeted, in addition to a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post.

Syrian state TV reported missiles targeting Homs were intercepted and did not cause damage.

New satellite images from DigitalGlobe appear to show there was extensive damage to two separate facilities in Homs. The first pictures are from Friday and the second are from Saturday.

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One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus. New satellite images from Planet.com show that building has been reduced to rubble.

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France, the United States and United Kingdom launched joint military action late on April 14, firing 105 missiles at the three sites in Syria. Shortly after the airstrikes began, President Donald Trump said all three sites were "associated" with the Syria's chemical weapon program.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target." Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

And although the Russians reported a number of Syrian military airfields, industrial sites and research facilities were hit, the Syrians said otherwise.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3061376
 
 
 
 
 
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