Saturday, April 8, 2017

Syrian Air Base Back In Operation 24 Hours After U.S. Missile Strikes

Washington Post: Despite U.S. missile barrage, Syria continues airstrikes against rebels

BEIRUT — Residents of the Syrian town devastated by a chemical weapons attack earlier this week said warplanes had returned to bomb them Saturday, despite a U.S. missile barrage and warnings of possible further response.

At least 86 people in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun were killed Tuesday in a chemical attack that left hundreds choking, fitting or foaming at the mouth. Eyewitnesses and a monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Saturday that fresh attacks on the area — now a virtual ghost town — had killed one woman and wounded several others.

Photographs from the site showed a pair of green slippers, abandoned by a blood-spattered doorway.

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WNU Editor: I was one of those who were surprised .... Trump surprises the world with missile attack on Syrian airfield (Ralph Z. Hallow, Washington Times). Of the military options that were presented to President Trump on Syria, he chose the "minimum" option .... Trump rejected more aggresive military options against Syria (Newsweek/Reuters). As for the US Congress, they now want to know the strategy .... Congressional leaders urge Trump for broader Syria strategy (Defense News).

Update: I am sceptical of this report .... U.S. strikes destroyed Syrian means to deliver chemical weapons: admiral (Reuters).

A News Roundup On The Aftermath Of Thursday's U.S. Missile Strikes On Syria

Warplanes strike Syrian town already hit by chemical attack -- L.A. Times
Syria strikes: Site of chemical attack hit again -- CNN
Syrian jets take off from air base hit by US -- ABC News
Trump's Syria strike celebrated by 'terrorists', Iran says -- BBC
Russia sends warship to battlegroup off Syrian coast -- The Guardian
Syria: US warns Assad over using chemical weapons again -- The Guardian
As warplanes return to scene of sarin attack, Trump defends missile launch -- The Guardian
Trump defends decision not to hit runway on Syrian airbase -- ABC News
Trump sends Congress letter explaining Syria strike -- The Hill
Trump congratulates US military in Syria missile strike, including female Navy commander -- FOX News
'I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States': Trump sends letter to Congress defending his air strike on Syria as feds watch for Assad revenge attack on American soil -- Daily Mail
Donald Trump says US 'representing the world' in Syria air strikes -- The Independent
Who's with the US on Syria strike and who isn't -- CNN
What's next in Syria after US airstrikes -- Conot Finnegan, ABC News
Donald Trump’s Syria air strikes will not reduce Assad’s military capability, experts say -- The Independent


Jac said...

The strike on Syria has little to do with Syria. It was just a message to China and North Korea that America is speaking the truth when it come to say "all the options are on the table". Challenging Russia is much more than challenging China and North Korea. So, see the arrow.

Jac said...

Yes, the air base was used 24 hours after bombing, but short of chemical weapon. There is nothing impossible with that because runway are so quick to fix with a temporary solution.

Jay Farquharson said...

"NewsWorldMiddle East
Syria attack: US 'deliberately avoided bombing sarin stockpile at Assad airbase' during Trump air strikes"

"Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Herbert “HR” McMaster, told a press conference the attack aimed to reduce the airfield’s ability to “continue mass murder attacks against Syrian civilians”.

“There were measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is a storage of sarin gas, so that that would not be ignited and cause a hazard to civilians or anyone else,” he said."

the SAAF C/W bombs are thin walled aluminum copies of the Russian OFAB-100-120, with the internal space divided in two, allowing a binary mixture for greater stability, safety and longer shelf life.

The container ruptures on impact, mixing the two chemicals, and any SAAF aircraft that can drop bombs, can drop them.