The recent air strike on a Syrian airfield by the United States “almost completely destroyed” the compound.
The report was made known via a Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group stated that initial damaged included several hangers, a fuel depot, and an air defense base. The damaged was caused by over 50 Tomahawk missiles which were released via two U.S. warships. There was severe damage to the airbase previous to the attack US Forces did directly send a message to Russian forces in the area to vacate immediately. According to White House officials the goal of the attack was to send a message. As a result Russia naval ships have moved into the area to protect the Syrian coast.
There are a couple videos out there of the airbase destruction one can only be found exclusively at the Daily Mail (click on the Daily Mail Link to view). It shows the destruction of the hangers. There is a second video released by Syrian State TV with similar footage, however, the blown off hanger bunker doors have been cleaned up and MiG jets are seen inside. You can google and find the video very easily we do not link to enemy/dictator propaganda.
The Syrian government revealed that seven soldiers were killed in the strike while nine were wounded. Other random sources say civilians were killed, but seeing as it was on a base at night, the changes of that being true are slim. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis retold America’s intel on the matter:
“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.”
Davis also said that he and the government hoped that Assad and his government learned their lesson from this military strike. He also alluded that any further action by the American government was up to Assad’s future actions.
The five dozen cruise missiles are the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of the civil war in 2011. Since the start, very few countries, including America, have taken any sort of physical approach to the escalation.
The Kremlin have since placed themselves between America and Syria and issued the following statement:
“[The attack was] Aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.”
If the chemical attacks aren’t enough to justify what America did, listen to these heartbreaking words from Alaa Alyousef, a 27-year-old of Khan Sheikhoun. Alyousef said that the missile attack “alleviates a small part of our sufferings.” He went on to say that the U.S. had the ability of “paralyzing” Syrian warplanes.
The people in Syria are struggling, hurting, and dying because of this heinous dictator. While war isn’t best option, how long do people have to be tortured and killed before action is taken? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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