Archive for April 14, 2018

Pentagon gives Syrian strike details and calls out Russian disinformation trolls

April 14, 2018

APRIL 14, 2018 EDITORIAL STAFF via American Military News

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{Failed defenses. – LS}

On Saturday, Defense spokeswoman Dana White and Director of the Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. held a press conference at the Pentagon that laid out the details of the Syrian missile strike by the U.S., U.K. and France on Friday night. The three nations who participated in the strike are three of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

The presser took place after the President tweeted “Mission Accomplished!” earlier Saturday morning.

While Syria tried to pre-empt the press conference by publicly claiming that Syrian air defenses shot down 71 of 103 missiles, McKenzie said: “No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did,” and that the U.S. “successfully hit every target.”

McKenzie also said: “None of our aircraft or missiles in this operation were successfully engaged,” and that the operation took out the heart of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program and set back the program by years.

McKenzie noted that the operation was “precise, overwhelming and effective.”

McKenzie said that Syria did launch 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles (SAM) after the U.S.-led operation was over, and alluded to the possibility that Assad’s 40 SAMs could have hit his own people because the Syrian missiles “had to come down somewhere.”

It appears that Russia and Syria are trying to publish propaganda to try to minimize the public perception of the strike.

White called out Russia and said that its disinformation campaign has increased and that there had been a 2,000-percent increase in online Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.

Russian President Vladimir Putin put out a statement Saturday claiming the strike was an “act of aggression,” after the Russian Ambassador to U.S. warned of “consequences” for the strike.

The coalition fired 103 missiles over 70 minutes at 4 a.m. local Syrian time, which was Friday night on the East Coast of the United States.

This was a larger operation than the 59 missiles launched last April, in an attack on Syria last year.

Two B-1 bombers fired 19 of the missiles.

White called on Russia to demand Assad dismantle his chemical weapons program.

White started the press conference by saying the use of chemical weapons is an inexcusable violation of international law and the U.S. will not tolerate it.

The three targets were the Barzah Research and Development Center, Him Shinsar Chemical Weapons Facility and the Him Shinsar Chemical Weapons Bunker Facility, and McKenzie showed before and after photos of each target.

White said that Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people demanded an immediate response, and the precision strikes against the Assad regime targeted sites associated with the chemical weapons program. The purpose was to prevent the future use of chemical weapons in the future.

White said the strike was a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to Assad’s use of Syria’s chemical weapons and stated several times that “out goal in Syria continues to be to defeat ISIS,” but that the U.S. cannot ignore the threat that Assad’s actions present.

She also stated that Assad’s actions in April 2017 by gassing his own people and on April 7, 2018, gassing his own people again, show Assad has abandoned Sryia’s commitment to the international agreements that Assad committed to.

Officials noted that they are still collecting information and more details will be provided as assessments are completed.

AMB. Haley: If Poisonous Gas Is Used Again, The U.S. Is Locked And Loaded

April 14, 2018
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The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting after the Syria air strikes.

{I suspect next time won’t be so pretty. – LS}

Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Saturday the overall U.S. Syrian strategy has not changed, but the Assad government forced the U.S. to take action.

Haley also thanked the UK and France for their assistance, saying the U.S. worked lock-step with both nations.

The ambassador confirmed the air strikes successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, and warned if the Assad government uses the poisonous gas again, the U.S. is “locked and loaded.”

“I spoke to the President this morning, and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded. When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red line.” – Nikki Haley, U.N. ambassador

Trump Unleashes Military Strikes on Syria Over Chemical Attack

April 14, 2018

 

 
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{While Assad is killing his own people, his Russian and Iranian buddies protect him and in return are allowed to establish a military foothold in Syria. Need I say more? Not good for the region. Not good at all. – LS}

President Donald Trump said he had approved military strikes on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town.

“A short time ago I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes” on targets associated with Syria chemical weapons, Trump said in remarks Friday night.

Trump said the strikes would be carried out in coordination with France and the U.K.

Trump’s statement on U.S. policy toward Syria came after days of speculation that the U.S. would launch a strike against Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack last weekend that killed scores of civilians.

An assault has been expected since Trump vowed last Sunday to respond forcibly to a “horrible attack” on Douma, a town outside Damascus that was among the last strongholds for rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Estimates of civilian casualties ranged from 21 to more than 78.

Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against a Syrian airbase last April after a similar chemical weapons attack on civilians. That was the first direct American assault on Assad’s forces since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011.

Iran threatens to destroy Israel if it takes ‘stupid measures’ 

April 14, 2018

Source: Iran threatens to destroy Israel if it takes ‘stupid measures’ – Israel Hayom