New images from the Department of Defense show how 59 powerful US missiles obliterated an airfield that was allegedly being used by Bashar al-Assad’s regime to mount chemical attacks.
The Daily Mail reports,
Observers said al-Sharyat Air Base was ‘almost completely destroyed’ by the 1,000lb warheads in a 30-minute barrage of destruction that is said to have destroyed 20 planes, a dozen aircraft hangars and a fuel depot, as well as ripped up runways, storage sites and radars.
The missiles were launched from US destroyers 150 miles away in the Mediterranean Sea in response to Assad’s Sarin gas attack in Idlib on Tuesday, which killed 80 civilians, including children.
But while the US and a number of its allies say the attack was justified, it has enraged Russia, which backs Assad’s regime.
Footage and photos from the ground Friday morning showed some of the aircraft shelters – which appear to be made of thick concrete, with feet of sand piled on top – partially or fully collapsed.
Others had sunlight shining in through holes in their roofs, and black scorch marks on their walls.
‘Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons,’ said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.
Two senior defense officials told Fox News that about 20 Syrian jets were destroyed in the strike, although footage screened on Russian television suggested that at least two had escaped the destruction.
Early reports put the figure at nine destroyed jets.
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