FOX News: About 20 Syrian jets destroyed in missile strike, defense officials say
The U.S. missile strike targeting a major Syrian air base in Homs early Friday destroyed about 20 Syrian jets, two senior defense officials with knowledge of the strike told Fox News.
None of the jets managed to take off and escape before U.S. missiles hit the target, the officials said, adding that all of the destroyed aircraft were jets -- not helicopters. No Russian aircraft were at the Sharyat airfield.
The U.S. launched 60 missiles in all. It was believed that one missile failed and likely fell into the sea, but defense officials were still assessing where it landed.
Two U.S. destroyers, the USS Ross and USS Porter, launched the Tomahawk cruise missiles south of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
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