- Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/US Navy
After launching dozens of missiles against Syrian airfields early Friday morning, the Pentagon released images and videos of the footage taken from US destroyers stationed in the Mediterranean Sea.
The 59 cruise missiles impacted their targets – reportedly runaways, aircraft, and fuel points for the aircraft – around 4:40 a.m. local time, in what was the US’ first intentional attack on Syrian government targets since its civil war broke out six years ago.
Fired from two guided-missile destroyers, USS Porter (DDG 78) and the USS Ross (DDG 71), the missiles themselves have been part of the US’ arsenal since 1991, and commonly carries a 1,000 pound warhead, according to The Washington Post. It was last used against three radar sites in Yemen after Houthi rebels fired their own missiles towards US ships.
The attack was President Donald Trump’s response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces that killed around 80 people in the northwestern part of country, earlier this week. Syrian officials have denied the allegations, saying that they “did not and will not” use chemical weapons.