Syria Air Strikes Damascus

Photos of the US, UK, and France’s missile strike on suspected Syrian chemical weapons sites appear to show Syrian defenses firing blindly and wildly missing.
An expert told Business Insider that it doesn’t look like the Syrian missile interceptors flew in the way they’d have to to intercept the US and its allies’ cruise missiles.
Syria says it knocked down 71 of the 105 missiles fired, but the US says all missiles hit their targets.
Satellite photos appear to show that the missiles hit.

Photos of the US, UK, and France’s missile strike on suspected Syrian chemical weapons sites on Friday night appear to show the Syrian defenses firing blindly in a wild, likely failed attempt to intercept missiles.

Before the strike, Russia had threatened to shoot down US missiles heading for Syria and then attack the platforms that launched them. A retired Russian Admiral elaborated on that threat, saying specifically that Russia would sink the USS Donald Cook with a torpedo if it fired on Syria.

Despite being in the area, the USS Donald Cook didn’t fire a shot, and possibly served as a distraction while cruise missiles poured in from ships, submarines, and jets in an attack that the Pentagon says succeeded completely, in that all missiles hit.

But Russia and Syria begged to differ, saying missile defenses took out 71 the 105 missiles fired.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that Russian guns and missiles remained silent during the US, UK, and French strikes. Dunford said the only response came from the Syrian military firing surface-to-air missiles after the attack — to no effect.

The US maintains that Syria fired their missiles after the attack had ended, possibly in an attempt to save face.

“Most of the launches occurred after our strike was over,” US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Joint Staff director, said of Syria’s interceptor fires. “When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it has to come down somewhere.”

Russia fields some of the world’s best air defenses in Syria, but Syria itself only has older platforms with limited capability, and an expert told Business Insider that it looked like a big miss.

Take a look at the following photo:

Notice the streaks of light coming from hills around Damascus. These are likely Syria’s missile defense sites, which explains …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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Photos of the Syria strike appear to show missile interceptors firing blindly, totally failing to stop missile attack

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