Pentagon: Every Syrian Target Hit
(Arlington, VA) — Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says every site targeted in last night’s air strikes in Syria was hit. In a morning briefing, White remarked that the strikes were orchestrated to minimize collateral damage. She also said the attacks were justified, legitimate, and proportionate in response to a chemical weapons attack on a town outside Damascus. Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said U.S., French, and British forces deployed dozens of missiles to hit three chemical weapons facilities. McKenzie said the size of the strikes overwhelmed Syria’s air defenses.
U.S., Allies To Brief NATO On Syria Airstrikes
(Brussels) — The U.S., France and Britain are going to brief NATO about their coordinated airstrikes on Syrian targets. A NATO official says 29 ambassadors from the military alliance will meet today. NATO was not involved in the airstrikes, but Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that he supports the strikes. Stoltenberg said the U.S.-led operation will reduce the Assad regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons.
Putin Condemns Syria Airstrikes
(Moscow) — Vladimir Putin is calling the U.S.-led missile strikes against Syrian targets an “act of aggression against a sovereign state.” The Russian president is condemning last night’s airstrikes and says they were against the United Nations charter. Putin says Russia is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the “aggressive actions” of the U.S., Britain and France. Syria’s foreign ministry also condemned the airstrikes, calling them a flagrant violation of the international law.