EUCOM: No indication Russian air defense systems deployed during Syria mission

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

The United States past year targeted the Shayrat airbase with cruise missiles in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

"None of the combined aircraft or missiles involved in this mission were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses and there is no indication Russian air defense systems were deployed", EUCOM said in a press release.

Syrian air defences intercepted missiles over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late on Monday night, Syrian state television reported.

Reuters cited Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon as saying that "there is no US military activity in that area at this time".

Syria denied it was responsible for the attack, which killed at least 80 people.

Separately, a media outlet run by Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militia, said Syrian government air defenses had shot down three missiles targeting Dumair military airport north east of the capital Damascus.

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On April 14, 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched cruise missiles at Syria's military and civilian infrastructure.

A source within the Syrian Army told local media site Al-Masdar that the T4 base was the operation's "likely target".

Israel, which hardly ever acknowledges its raids inside Syria, failed to comment on its alleged involvement.

While it remains unclear who launched the attack, the reported strike comes just days after Washington, London and Paris carried out a coordinated strike in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Before the US -led attack, Israeli warplanes had fired missiles on the T-4 airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 9, killing 14 soldiers, including Iranian fighters.

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