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Led airstrikes hit all targets in Syria: Pentagon

16 April 2018

'We don't want to get into a fight with them and they don't want to get into a fight with us and the best way [to avoid that] is to share information but we are not cooperating with them, ' he said.

Speaking of Russia and Syria, McKenzie said none of the West's aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were "successfully engaged" by Syrian air defenses, and there was no indication that Russian air-defense systems were employed.

The Russian military is supporting the Syrian regime, purportedly in its fight against ISIS, however it is yet to condemn or even acknowledge Assad's continued use of chemical weapons on the non-IS rebels he is separately fighting against.

"I would say there's still a residual element of Syrian program that's out there". McKenzie said 76 missiles were used in that strike.

White started the press conference by saying the use of chemical weapons is an inexcusable violation of global law and the US will not tolerate it. That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The coalition fired 103 missiles over 70 minutes at 4 a.m. local Syrian time, which was Friday night on the East Coast of the United States.

Russia's US embassy released a statement warning that the airstrikes will "not be left without consequences".

An worldwide inspection team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons planned to enter the city Saturday to investigate last week's chemical weapons attack. He noted that Putin had guaranteed a 2013 global agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons. The actions of Damascus, he called inefficient and risky. Some clapped their hands and danced, other drove in convoys, honking their horns in defiance. "Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

This was a larger operation than the 59 missiles launched last April, in an attack on Syria past year.

White said the strike was a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to Assad's use of Syria's chemical weapons and stated several times that "out goal in Syria continues to be to defeat ISIS", but that the USA can not ignore the threat that Assad's actions present. "Mission Accomplished!" Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. "Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward".

Led airstrikes hit all targets in Syria: Pentagon