Pentagon denies U.S. attacked Syrian air base outside Homs

Pentagon denies U.S. attacked Syrian air base outside Homs

The reports said the missiles had targeted Shayrat airbase in Homs province and Dumair military airport, northeast of Damascus, late on Monday night.

Syrian news agency SANA stated that "Syrian air defense shot down missiles which violated airspace over Homs". Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear. The Syrian state television report did not, however, specify who may have fired the missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, reported that big explosions were heard near Shayrat airbase and two other airbases near Damascus.

Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area.

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Site of previous U.S. attack: The Shayrat airbase was the target of an April 2017 USA missile attack in response to an earlier chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

Israel has struck Syrian military targets before and was blamed for strikes earlier this month on the T4 air base in Homs.

With flags of Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Cuba, the assembled, among them young people and women, denounced in a combatant march that the United States and its lackeys of United Kingdom and France bite the dust of the defeat when suffering the demolition of their missiles.

Israel has struckSyrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongsideSyrian President Bashar al- Assad's forces.

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