The aim of the Air Strikes on Syria was to significantly impact the Syrian regimes ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future. 105 weapons against three targets were used specifically for this aim. During a briefing at the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said that the coordinated strikes which struck targets in Syria overnight will set the country’s chemical weapons capability back “for years.”
He added that “none of the aircraft or missiles in this operation were successfully engaged” by Syrian regime.
To retain the focused target and purpose of this attack, McKenzie said that the choice to strike at 4 o’clock in the morning was done “as (we) weren’t trying to kill a lot of people on the objective”. McKenzie added that they assessed that there were probably some chemical or nerve agents in that target. “However we believe by the way we attacked it, the attack profile that we used help minimise any concern of how the chemical would be dispersed in the strike.
Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White has taken the podium for a briefing on the strikes executed by the US and allies overnight. White told reporters the strikes “successfully hit every target” and that the allies “took every measure and caution” to only hit the intended targets. She called on Russia to honour its commitment to ensure the Assad regime dismantles its chemical weapons program and never uses chemical weapons again.
Specific reference was done to the propaganda war. In the week, when Facebook was put under scrutiny because of its role in elections and the use of personal data, the Pentagon spokesperson said that the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. “There has been a 2,000% increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours therefore we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward.”