On Thursday night, President Donald Trump launched an airstrike on Syria in response to the deadly chemical terror attack launched by the Assad regime there this week that left over 100 dead. Afterwards, Trump was applauded for this move by his allies all over the world.
Now, five things have been revealed about the attack that you will NOT be hearing about from the mainstream media.
1. The US attacked, once, in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. The Pentagon has stated that the strike was a “one-off” event, meaning that there are no further strikes planned. Trump also commented on the strike, saying, “Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,” in a statement Thursday evening. “Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children,” Trump added. “It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”
2. A Syrian military fixed-wing aircraft dropped chemical weapons on an underground hospital run by a group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front. Though Al-Nusra Front has been affiliated with al-Qaeda, the chemical weapons had a devastating effect on innocent people.
The Pentagon released imagery showing the flight path details of the Syrian chemical attack plane.
3. The US used more than 50 Tomahawk missiles in lieu of manned aircraft. The strike area is well-defended by Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense missiles, and US pilots would have faced a degree of danger in a manned air strike. The US can jam the Russian air defense, but there is risk involved.
“We have the advantage, but it doesn’t mean it renders the Russian air defense irrelevant,” former naval officer Chris Harmer said.
4. Tomahawks were used to avoid political complications, as well. The closest airfield used by the US in the area is Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Any attack on the Syrian government would likely require Turkish consent.
5. Battle damage from the Tomahawk strike includes the destruction of the Syrian airfield that launched the chemical attack.
The Syrian airfield targeted by United States airstrikes early Friday was “almost completely destroyed,” a human rights group in the country said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missile attack damaged over a dozen hangars, a fuel depot and an air defense base. About 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat air base, southeast of Homs, a small installation with two runways. At least seven Syrian soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the airstrike, the country’s military said. The governor of Homs province said he did not believe the strikes caused a large number of ‘human casualties.’ A Syrian official the attack caused deaths and a fire, but did not elaborate.” [Source: Fox News]
The following video shows battle damage from the ground:
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