US, British and French forces launched a coordinated series of missile strikes on three Syrian government targets Saturday (Friday EST). 110 missiles were launched from US and French destroyers, as well as British RAF and French aircraft. In the initial wave, Syrian air defenses were able to achieve 90% area denial, with 28 of 30 missiles intercepted, if we are to believe official reports made by the Syrian military.

The second and third waves of the 40 minute barrage overwhelmed Syrian countermeasures, striking targets in Damascus and Barzeh.

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Syrian air defenses light up the night sky over Damascus, as they fire missiles to intercept inbound Tomahawk cruise missiles (Hassan Ammar/AP)

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The aftermath of the strike is seen as reported by Russian and Syrian news outlets the following day. Al-Shayrat Air Base, initially thought to be destroyed, was largely unaffected, however, over a dozen aircraft were reduced to molten puddles of steel.

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A reinforced hangar and a Russian MiG at Al-Shayrat Air Base after the US missile strike (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik)
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A Russian journalist is pictured standing in front of a Syrian aircraft that was destroyed by a Tomahawk missile (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik)
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A second MiG survived the attack (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik)

Syrian civilians are filmed evacuating a neighborhood hit by missiles launched during the strike.

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An unidentified man helps another civilian to safety in Damascus Saturday (RT)

Multiple missiles struck the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh, alleged to have been involved in chemical weapons development.

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Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP

Rebel forces in the Homs Province took advantage of the missile strike to attack Syrian forces who no longer had air support from the nearby Al-Shayrat air base, but the Syrian army was successful in deterring the attack. Ambushes in and around Douma, combined with the presence of land mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue to make travel to the area affected by the alleged gas attack difficult, further impeding efforts by the OPCW chemical weapons watchdog organization to examine the site and survivors for signs of chemical agents.


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