France 24: US strike on Syrian base 'destroyed fifth of Assad's air force'
The US strike on a Syrian air base destroyed a fifth of the Damascus regime's remaining warplanes, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Monday as Washington fired a fresh salvo of warnings at President Bashar al-Assad.
The public assessment of Friday's missile strike and the forceful rhetoric came as G7 ministers met in Italy to send a "clear and coordinated" message to Russia over its support for Damascus.
The United States on Friday blasted 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near Homs, which the Pentagon said Assad's jets had used to launch a deadly chemical attack on rebel-held Idlib province.
"The United States will not passively stand by while Assad murders innocent people with chemical weapons, which are prohibited by international law and which were declared destroyed," Mattis said in a statement, noting that 20 percent of Assad's "operational" aircraft were destroyed.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 11, 2017
US says strike on Syria destroyed fifth of Assad's jets -- Al Jazeera
Russia Has Intel on Upcoming Chemical Weapons Provocations in Syrian Regions -- Sputnik
Russian General Staff Warns Against New US Missile Strikes on Syria -- Sputnik
Iran, Russia Threaten ‘Lethal Response’ to Further U.S. Action in Syria -- Washington Free Beacon
Mattis Sends Don't-Mess-With-Us Message to Syria -- Military.com
Trump’s military strikes in Syria complicated by Iran’s role -- Washington Post/AP
Status Unclear of US-Russia Hotline for Syrian Airspace -- VOA
Patrolling the Skies Over Syria: Lockheed Martin F-22 Stealth Raptors -- National Interest
Calm Prevails as Russian Warship Nears US Destroyers in Mediterranean -- Military.com
Russia to put upgraded strategic bombers on serial production -- TASS
Russia's S-400 Air Defense System: Super Weapon or Over-hyped? -- Emanuele Scimia, National Interest
Mixed signals for China, India from Russia’s S-400 in Syria -- Asia Times
Russia to upgrade Iskander-M missile systems -- TASS
Supermaneuverable Beasts: Russia to Supply 10 Su-35 Jets to China in 2017 -- Sputnik
Russia Delivered Weaponry to 52 Countries in 2016 -- Sputnik
Russia signs export defense contracts worth over $9 bln in 2016 -- TASS
China's Answer to the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex -- Leo Lin, The Diplomat
Trump approves Montenegro's membership into NATO -- UPI
Sweden taps Saab for signal intelligence ship -- UPI
NATO receives offer of bullets that 'swim' -- Defense News
South Korea Test Fires New Ballistic Missile -- Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat
South Korea moves equipment for THAAD deployment -- UPI
U.S. Air Force Wants Better Tech To Detect North Korea Missile Threats -- Vocativ
Trump administration 'to sell Nigeria planes' for Boko Haram fight -- BBC
Pentagon seeks at least 5 percent savings on Lockheed F-35 jet, say sources -- Defense News
Trump May Not Like it, But US Navy Proceeds With F-35 Buy -- Sputik
Could an Advanced Super Hornet Outmaneuver the Navy’s F-35C? -- James Mugg, The Strategist
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech -- UPI
U.S. Navy funds development of robot surveillance system which can spy on humans in incredible detail -- The SUN
US Military Downplays Spotting of Aircraft Close to Air Force One -- VOA
Explosion at Army ammunition plant in Missouri kills 1 -- AP
Is Congress ready to ground the Air Force? -- Gen. Larry O. Spencer (ret.), Defense News
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of War -- John Amble, Modern War Institute
Why The Pentagon Is A Pentagon, And 6 Other Weird Facts About DoD’s HQ -- Adam Weinstein, Task & Purpose