Pentagon says Syria strikes “successfully hit every target”
Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday the U.S. and its allies “successfully hit every target” in airstrikes in Syria overnight. The U.S., U.K. and France and U.K. launched the strikes Friday night Eastern Time in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons last weekend. In total, the U.S. used 105 weapons against three targets.
“I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted and –– and we successfully hit every target,” White told reporters Saturday.
White said the U.S. believes it has “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to carry out a chemical weapons attack. White said the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the U.S. will not stand by while Assad attacks “innocent Syrian people.”
Later Saturday morning, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency session at Moscow’s request in response to the airstrikes, CBS News’ Pamela Falk reports from the United Nations. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley made the case for the strikes, saying the U.S. and allies acted “not as revenge, not as punishment, not as a symbolic show of force.”
“We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity, she said.
“I spoke to the president this morning,” Haley said, referring to Mr. Trump, “and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.”