US strikes cripple Syria's chemical weapons ability: Pentagon
Apr 16 2018 by Desiree Burns
Friday's strike was Trump's second ordered attack in Syria.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target". Inherent in effective deterrence is instilling fear and uncertainty in the mind of the adversary - fear that they would suffer unacceptable consequences for taking an action, and uncertainty about the exact parameters of the next retaliatory attack. "We hit the sites". Bush addressed sailors aboard in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner.
"The crime committed at dawn today (Saturday) by the United States, Britain and France... is a blatant and undeniable crime which signifies their humiliating defeat in supporting Takfiri terrorists and shows they are seeking an opportunity to save terrorists", the statement said.
In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria". "Public estimates are as high as 200", she said.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday night said the assault was a "one-time shot", so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons. U.S. officials said they acted to defend allies attacked by the Syrian government as both rival forces raced toward Raqqa city, at the time the de facto capital of the IS militants. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.
"Initial assessments are that this target was destroyed", he said.
McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical-weapons program. While American special forces have fought alongside the Kurds in driving the ISIS terrorist militia out of Syria's northern provinces, Bowen said the Kurds have in recent months themselves been attacked by soldiers and militias backed by Turkey, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
The Pentagon said it knew of no civilian casualties "at this time".
Saturday's airstrikes drew support from the European Union, Germany, Israel and other allies. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people". "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.