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US-led airstrikes hit all targets in Syria: Pentagon

IANS  |  Washington 

The has said airstrikes on had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition's planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by Bashar al-Assad's forces.

and US Marine made the remarks during a news briefing on Saturday, describing an early Saturday morning operation carried out jointly by the US, UK and in retaliation for an alleged weapons attack last weekend on a then-rebel-held town near Damascus, Efe news reported.

"This operation was carefully orchestrated and methodically planned to minimize potential collateral damage... We successfully hit every target," White said.

She said that unlike the airstrikes carried out in April 2017 against Assad, when the US targeted Syria's Shayrat Airbase in in retaliation for a attack on Khan Shaykhun, a town in the northwestern province of Idlib, the latest airstrikes were aimed at neutralizing weapons research and development facilities.

"This operation does not represent a change in US policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime. These strikes were a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to the Syrian regime's continued use of on its own people," White said.

For his part, McKenzie said three facilities that "were fundamental components of the regime's chemical weapons warfare infrastructure" had been targeted.

The said in an earlier news release that the first airstrike targeted a scientific research center in the greater area that was being used to research, develop, produce and test chemical and biological agents. McKenzie said 76 missiles were used in that strike.

It said a second airstrike by the US and its allies destroyed a warehouse west of the western city of Homs, where was storing its main reserves of sarin gas, one of the substances purportedly used in the

A third airstrike targeted a for and a command post, both of which also were located near

"None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and we have no indication that Russian were deployed," McKenzie said.

US on Saturday morning thanked and the UK for their participation in the airstrikes against positions of Assad's government, which has been engaged in a seven-year-old civil war against rebel groups and is backed by and Shia militias.

"A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to and the for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!" wrote on

The airstrikes were carried out in retaliation for an on April 7 by forces on the then-rebel-held town of Douma, located in the Eastern Ghouta region just east of

More than 43 people who showed "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" died in Douma, according to the (WHO).

The for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said in a statement on Saturday that troops and their allies had taken-up positions inside and now have complete control over the area.

and deny that any occurred and say the incident was staged by so it could be used as a pretext for military action against Assad.



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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 08:04 IST