US/UK/French Missile Attack on Syria a Failure

The most recent US-led missile strike against Syria was a military failure, with for example only three out of 13 missiles fired at the Homs airfield actually reaching the target, and the rest being shot down by air defense systems, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.

In a statement issued by Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov during a briefing in Moscow, it was revealed that the strike “targeted research centers and military facilities, including airfields,” but that none of the airfields “received severe damage thanks to the air defense systems in place.”

“The real targets of the attacks of the US, Britain and France on April 14 were not only Barzah and Jaramani research facilities, but also Syrian military infrastructure, including airfields,” Major-General Konashenkov said.

“None of the airfields suffered significant damage” in the attack due to being protected by the air defense systems, he added.

All of the US-led coalition missiles targeting the Duvali, Dumayr, Blai and Shayrat airfields were intercepted by the Syrian military, Major-General Konashenkov continued.

The Homs airfield was hit by three missiles out of the 13 that were fired at it, with five out of nine rockets downed before reaching the Mezzeh airbase, he added.

Washington and its allies also used 30 missiles against the much less protected Barzah and Jaramani research facilities, with only four of them being intercepted.

The Syrian air defense required 112 surface-to-air missiles to bring down most of the 103 missiles launched against the country by the US, UK and France. The Russian-made Pantsir-S1 and Soviet-made S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems, used by the Syrian military, intercepted a total 71 rockets, Major-General Konashenkov said.

During his appearance at a tax event in Florida on Monday, Donald Trump claimed that all of the coalition missiles fired at Syria hit their targets, with none of them being intercepted. The US president previously praised the attack, calling it “a perfectly executed strike” that “couldn’t have had a better result.”

The Pentagon claimed that the attack targeted chemical weapons sites of the Syrian government, despite the fact Damascus had destroyed all of its chemical stockpiles in 2013 and 2014 under international supervision.

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  1. Syrian air defense forces fired 112 missiles back to repel the attack :
    Buk systems: 29 missiles were fired – 24 targets were hit;
    Osa systems: 11 missiles were fired – 5 targets were hit;
    S-125 systems: 13 missiles were fired – 5 targets were hit;
    Strela-10 systems: 5 missiles were fired – 3 targets were hit;
    Kvadrat systems: 21 missiles were fired – 11 targets were hit;
    S-200 systems: 8 missiles were fired – no targets were hit;
    Pantsir-S1 systems: 25 missiles were fired – 23 targets were hit;
    It is noteworthy that the most recently developed Buk and Pantsir-S1 systems had over 80% hit rates.
    Here is a quote taken from a comment posted to Youtube by an eye witness to the missile attack supporting the Russian and Syrian claims about the success of the Syrian air defences:
    “I’m from Syria and and I live in Damascus .. here is my point of view and I’ll try to be objective .. there was only one “target” that got destroyed ,a small sector of the first footage in Barzah, . all of the other targets just got few missiles here and there or on the road nearby or the damage was irrelevant .. It is impossible to know the exact number of Cruise Missiles that got intercepted cuze every party will say as they wish when I woke up in the middle of night hearing our defence system launching back.. I saw many explosions in the sky and the next day there were many Cruise Missiles wrecks all around the capital .. I think the number is really close to 71 ..”
    A Google image search for ‘cruise missiles shot down Syria’ will reveal many pictures of the wreckage of the downed coalition missiles.

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