The US and its allies, UK and France, “successfully hit every target” in their early Saturday airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites, said Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Pentagon spokesperson Dana White Saturday at a briefing. In total, the US used 105 weapons against three targets, “taking every precaution to strike only what we targeted,” White said. Two sites near Damascus and one outside Homs were destroyed. There were no civilian casualties. The US believes that Syrian president Bashar’s ability to carry out a chemical attack has been “significantly crippled.”
Gen. McKenzie said that contact was maintained with the Russians through coordination mechanisms, but they were not given details of the operation. Asked by a reporter why the Pentagon was not presenting evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, White replied that this was intelligence data.
The UN Security Council is meeting Saturday afternoon in reaction to the airstrikes, at Russia’s request.