— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) April 7, 2017
Well, so much for the effectiveness of last night’s missile attack in Syria:
.@AFP: Syrian airbase that was struck by US is already being used to carry out airstrikes
— Omar Ghabra (@omarghabra) April 7, 2017
JUST IN: Syrian warplanes take off from air base hit by U.S., carry out strikes in Homs countryside – Syrian observatory for human rights
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 7, 2017
According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we didn’t even target the runway:
Tillerson says the runway at the airbase in Syria is still being used. He says it was not a specific target because of its structure.
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) April 7, 2017
We just aimed for the fuel depot:
Tillerson says runways at Syrian airbase "were not the target," but rather its refueling capability, aircraft.
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) April 7, 2017
But the mission was a success:
Tillerson called the US strike on Syria "an overwhelming success" and the performance of US military to act quickly "was extraordinary."
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 7, 2017
Early reports said the airbase was “almost completely destroyed.”
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 7, 2017
More from Reuters:
The British-based Observatory, a group monitoring the Syrian war using sources on the ground, said eight people had been killed in the US attack.
The extent of the damage to the Shayrat air base was not entirely clear, but the Syrian warplanes had “done the impossible” in order to continue using it for sorties, the Observatory told Reuters.
It’s not clear if the jets that were able to take off were Russian or Syrian. From the AFP:
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman could not specify whether they were Syrian or Russian planes, but said they were Sukhoi jets, which both Damascus and its ally Moscow use.