WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. military says 58 of the 59 missiles struck their intended targets in the strike on a Syrian air base.
A U.S. official says the initial assessment suggests one of the missiles malfunctioned. The official says the missiles hit multiple aircraft and hardened aircraft shelters and destroyed the fuel area.
The official says information is still coming in from the site of the strike.
The official is not authorized to discuss initial reports and spoke on condition of anonymity.
DAMASCUS (AP) – Syria’s Foreign Ministry is calling the chemical attack that killed scores in northern Syria a “premeditated action that aimed to justify the launching of a US attack on the Syrian army.”
The ministry described the U.S. missile attack that heavily damaged the Shayrat air base in the central province of Homs “a flagrant aggression.”
It said in a statement Friday that the real objective of the U.S. attack was to “weaken the strength of the Syrian army in confronting terrorist groups.”
GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. envoy for Syria tells The Associated Press that his office is in “crisis management mode” following a U.S. strike on a Syrian air base.
Staffan de Mistura said he was convening an “emergency meeting” later Friday of the International Syria Support Group’s cease-fire task force. He said Russia requested the meeting, which was “agreed upon” by the United States.
The two countries are the co-chairs of the multi-country panel that meets regularly in Geneva.
In a text message to the AP, de Mistura said: “We currently are in full operational crisis management mode,” without elaborating.
The acknowledgement marked the biggest sign yet that the first intentional U.S. military action against President Bashar Assad’s forces could affect nearly three years of peace-making efforts by the U.N. envoy.