Washington: The United States military launched a military blitzkrieg against Syria as it launched dozens of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles aiming at a massive Syrian air base. The US government claims that the chemical attack that killed more than a hundred civilians recently was targeted from this airbase.
US intelligence sources claim that the barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles has caused substantial damage to the massive airbase in the Syrian province of Homs. Shayrat Air Force base is a major airbase controlled by the Asad regime in Syria and is reportedly equipped with two runways and around 40 shelters. In normal circumstances it may house more than a hundred aircraft.
There is no denying that Shayrat Air Force base is among the biggest in Syria. There are just a few military airbases in the country that are equipped with two all-weather runways. It is one of them. Other military airbases that have two runways in Syria include Khalkhalah Military Airbase, Menagh Military Airbase and Sayqal Military Airbase.
Pentagon is presenting the Tomahawk cruise missile attacks as the first direct military action the US has taken against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the six-year war. The US missiles hit at 3:45am Friday morning in Syria and targeted the base’s airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said. Trump called on “civilised nations” to join US in “seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria”.
While talking about the strikes against the Syrian military base, the US President said, “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council”.
It should be kept in mind that the suspected poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on Tuesday killed at least 86 people, including 27 children, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian state TV said “American aggression targets Syrian military targets with a number of missiles”.
In the meantime the effectiveness of the assault may come under clouds as the US warned Russia much before launching the assault. “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line… US military planners took precautions to minimise risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield,” Navy Captain Jeff Davis said, referring to a special military hotline.