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Airstrike to cripple Syria’s chemical weapons: Pentagon Agencies


(FILES) This file photo taken on September 21, 2016 shows a British Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jet flying over central Iraq during a coalition mission. The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on Saturday, April 14, 2017 in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump branded the "crimes of a monster." Britain reportedly used the Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jet in the attack. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Petros Karadjias

Washington : The “precise, overwhelming and effective” military strike in Syria was aimed to “cripple” the chemical weapons infrastructure of the Syrian regime and it succeeded in destroying three chemical weapons facilities in the war-torn country, the Pentagon on Saturday said.

It said the “precise, overwhelming and effective” military strike in Syria by US, France and Britain were intended to send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians is inexcusable. The Pentagon said it destroyed three chemical weapons facilities of the Syrian regime.

Marine Lt Gen Kenneth F McKenzie director, Joint Staff, told reporters that the US, France and Britain in all deployed 105 missiles against three targets. “Taken together were able to overwhelm the Syrian air defence system,” he said.

The US assesses that the Syrians fired about 40 missiles in retaliation, but none of them endangered the US forces and its allies. Defensive effort of Syria was ineffective, he said.

The Syrian regime had a pattern of using chemical weapons against the chemical weapons convention, alleged the Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White.