[Editor’s note: Well, it’s started, Trump has done as his masters wished and struck Syria, the British and French have joined in, like the obedient vassals they are.
We will try to keep updating with more reports as we can get them. Ian]
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed the U.S.’ attack on Syria during a press conference in Washington.
Secretary of Defense: “Earlier today, President [Donald] Trump directed the US military to conduct operations in consonance with our allies to destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research, development and production capability. Tonight, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure. Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time our allies and us have struck harder. Together we have sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable.”
SOT, Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense: “I want to emphasise that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime. In conducting these strikes we have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties.”
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – The Syrian military reported of three sites that the U.S. and their allies targeted in Syria during this morning’s attack.
According to the Syrian military, the U.S., France, and the U.K. reportedly struck the Brigade 105 base, Dumayr Airbase, and Barzeh in the Damascus countryside.
Several other locations were reported in the nearby Homs Governorate; however, these reports are still unverified at the moment.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition’s attack on Syria appears to have concluded after more than an hour of nonstop cruise missiles on the Syrian capital and its surrounding areas.
As of now, it appears the U.S.’ primary targets were the West Ghouta (Kesweh, Jamraya) and the eastern Qalamoun bases.
Many reports claiming the U.S. Coalition attacked Aleppo, Hama, Al-Sweida, and Latakia appear false at this time, as sources in these provinces reported no activity.
No civilian or military casualties have been reported.
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M) – An Al-Masdar field correspondent in west Damascus has captured footage of the Syrian Air Defense downing a U.S. cruise missile over rural Damascus at 4:45 A.M. (Damascus Time) this morning.
As shown in the video below, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept the missile in the direction of the Dumayr Military Airport, which is in eastern Damascus.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition has expanded their strikes over Syria this morning, striking a number of locations near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
According to Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus, the U.S. Coalition just struck Jaramana, Barzeh, Dumayr, and several sites in rural Damascus.
Al-Masdar’s correspondent added that the cruise missiles are raining nonstop over the Damascus countryside, with some reports of attacks in the western province of Tartous.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the U.S., France, and the U.K. launched a barrage of cruise missiles towards rural Damascus, causing massive explosions near the Dumayr Airbase in the eastern Qalamoun.
While the site is still unknown, Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus reported that the strike is hitting the rural Damascus countryside near or possibly the Dumayr Airbase.
The Dumayr Airbase is the military installation the Syrian Air Force used to launch airstrikes on the East Ghouta during Operation Damascus Steel.
The Syrian Air Defense has responded in a bid to down the cruise missiles; however, many cruise missiles have already struck the area.
Al-Masdar previously reported that the Dumayr Airbase was the likely target because the airstrikes on the East Ghouta were launched from this site.