- The US, UK, and France conducted airstrikes against the Syrian regime on Friday night.
- The US deployed B-1B bombers and launched Tomahawk missiles from three US destroyers, as well as a submarine.
- France deployed Mirage and Rafale jets, while the UK deployed Tornado jets.
The US, UK, and France conducted air strikes against the Syrian government at around 9:00 PM EST on Friday night.
Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday night that double the amount of weapons were used compared with the strike in April 2017, which consisted of 59 Tomahawk missiles. The Pentagon confirmed Saturday morning that 105 total weapons were used against three Syrian targets.
The US deployed B-1B Lancer long-range bombers, and launched Tomahawk missiles from three US destroyers – the USS Monterey, USS Laboon, and USS Higgins. Tomahawk missiles were also launched from the USS John Warner, a Virginia-class attack submarine.
The French used fourth generation Mirage fighter jets, while the British used Tornados jets.
France reportedly deployed Rafale jets loaded with SCALP-EG cruise missiles, according to The Drive’s Tyler Rogoway. A video has been released by the French government showing the Rafale jets taking off before the strike.
Rogoway also reported Friday night that the US B-1B bombers might have been carrying JASSMs, which are also air-launched cruise missiles.
We have this exclusive photo that is said to show the B-1B used in the strikes all loaded up with JASSMs as we suspected. This sortie will mark the first combat use of this weapon. We continue to update our post with more information: https://t.co/2wyE643k3m pic.twitter.com/0bpIuJrwyi
— Tyler Rogoway (@Aviation_Intel) April 14, 2018
The Pentagon confirmed on Saturday monring that JASSM missiles were used in the strike.
The US military struck targets that were “specifically associated” with Syria’s chemical weapons program while minimising the risk to civilians, according to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.
It’s unclear yet if any civilians were killed.
Mattis also said that the strikes were “a one-time shot,” and that future strikes would depend on whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to use chemical weapons.
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