Pentagon on Syria strikes: ‘We successfully hit every target’

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The Pentagon said Saturday that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria’s regime had “successfully hit every target,” countering assertions from Russia that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

“We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we cannot allow such grievous violations of international law,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters. Through the strikes, they said they “aimed to deliver clear and unambiguous message to Syrian regime, deter use of chemical weapons.”

“We successfully hit every target,” she said. “The strikes were justified, legitimate and proportionate.”

Also, the Pentagon released a map displaying targets in the joint strike operation between the United States, France and the United Kingdom in Syria.

At the briefing, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, said three sites that are “fundamental components of the regime’s chemical weapons infrastructure” were struck.

The operation was “precise, overwhelming and effective,” he said, adding it will set their chemical weapons program back “for years.” The Pentagon officials also said that the “Syrian chemical weapons system is larger than the three targets hit in Syria.”

McKenzie said that none “of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses.”

They continued saying that there was “no indication Russian air defense systems were employed,” and that they have “not seen any military response from actors in Syria since the western strikes.”

They also noted that the United States is “not aware of any civilian casualties.”

- With AFP.

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