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Up to 20 Syrian aircraft destroyed in U.S. missile strikes

Friday, April 07, 2017 - 01:06

Senior U.S. military officials say the missile strikes launched early Friday struck the Shayrat air base near Homs, Syria, destroying up to 20 aircraft. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The Tomahawk missiles launched by U.S. warships early Friday destroyed warplanes and damaged defense systems at the Shayrat air base near Homs, Syria. Satellite images released by the Pentagon showed what it said was the aftermath of the strikes. Senior U.S. military officials confirmed the attack destroyed up to 20 Syrian aircraft and damaged fuel sites and a surface-to-air missile system. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that he blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. The Syrian army said the U.S. attack killed six people, calling it an act of "blatant aggression." There was no independent confirmation of casualties. The U.S. called the intervention a "one-off" intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks, but Syria-ally Russia slamming the U.S. - the attack now putting Washington and Moscow on opposite sides in the 6-year-old conflict.

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Up to 20 Syrian aircraft destroyed in U.S. missile strikes

Friday, April 07, 2017 - 01:06