Syria Claims It Intercepted 71 Out Of 103 Cruise Missiles; Pentagon Denies

As US politicians and foreign leaders from Israel to Canada applauded the US-led airstrikes in Syria, reports emerged Saturday that the attack was far less effective than the Pentagon has claimed.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry,  most of the missiles launched by the US, UK and France had been intercepted by Syria's air defenses. Employing Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems as well as Buk and Kvadrat units, Syria reportedly shot down 71 of the 103 cruise missiles. These included 12 cruise missiles which had been headed toward the Dumeir military airfield - which was completely spared, thanks to the Syrian counterstrike. 

The US target list included the following:

  •     4 missiles were launched targeting the area of the Damascus International Airport. All these missiles were intercepted.
  •     12 missiles were launched targeting the Al-Dumayr Military Airport. All these missiles were intercepted.
  •     18 missiles were launched  targeting the Bley Military Airport. All these missiles were intercepted.
  •     12 missiles were launched targeting the Shayarat Military Airport. All these missiles were intercepted.
  •     9 missiles were launched  targeting the Mezzeh Military Airport. Five of them were intercepted.
  •     16 missiles were launched targeting the Homs Military Airport. 13 of them were intercepted.
  •     30 missiles were launched targeting targets in the areas of Barzah and Jaramani. Seven missiles were intercepted.

A spokesperson for the Russian general staff confirmed that no Russian defense systems were used to repel the attack, adding that Russia had declined to supply Syria with more advanced weapons - a decision it said it would reconsider.

"The Syrian air defense system has been conducting an anti-air fight," a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense said. Furthermore, it confirmed that the Syrian military repelled the attack using weapons manufactured in the USSR more than 30 years ago.

The MoD added that, while the facilities in the areas of Barzah and Jaramani were partly destroyed, these facilities had been for a long time abandoned and had not been involved in the production of chemical weapons in contrary to the claims of the US-led coalition.


Buk-M1 missile system

Syrian state media reported that only three people were injured as a result of the strikes, and that no Syrian or Russian military of civilian personnel were wounded.

Syria’s regime, which has repeatedly denied any use of chemical weapons, immediately denounced the strikes as "brutal, barbaric aggression" that was "doomed to fail".

Meanwhile, soldiers took to the streets to celebrate the intercepts.

Predictably, the US offered a very different account of the airstrikes: During an early morning press conference, Lt. Gen Kenneth McKenzie said all of the missiles fired by the US and its partners landed.

"We are confident all our missiles reached their targets," McKenzie said.

McKenzie added that the Syrian government responded by recklessly firing 40 missiles, none of which struck military targets or intercepted the coalition's missiles. "The Syrian response was ineffective in all domains," he said. Not only was the Syrian counterattack ineffective, the US said the regime actually endangered its own people by firing the missiles blindly.

"When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it's going to come down somewhere," McKenzie said.

Amusingly, the Pentagon added that it documented a 2,000% increase in disinformation by Russian troll farms over the past 24 hours, in response to a reporter question why the Pentagon has failed to provide any of the evidence it has that Assad was behind the chemical attacks.

As a reminder, the US said it has "proof" the Syrian regime had orchestrated the attack, though investigators from the OPCW have only just started their investigation and are not even in Syria.

Late Friday night, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that US airstrikes on Syria were a "one-time shot," while Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters that the US wasn't planning any further attacks.

Though these claims were apparently undercut by President Trump, who tweeted "Mission Accomplished" Saturday morning - echoing a statement made by President Bush to celebrate the "end" of the US's mission in Iraq. Yet that announcement was, in reality, the beginning of a conflict that continues in some form even today.


Belrev Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

They strike "chemical weapons factories" and warehouses with missiles and are not concerned about releasing the poisonous agents into the surrounding area and killing thousands of people?

It tells us that they knew there was nothing in those targets.

And they did it the day before the chemical weapons inspectors were due to arrive and check things out on the ground.

fx ne-tiger Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:19 Permalink

105 missiles fired - at supposedly only three(!!) targets?

Are you kidding me?

Obviously, IF they indeed fiored more than 100 missiles, then they wanted to hit dozens of targets. The question is: did they destroy them but do not want to brag about it since such a widespread attack can't be justified with the chemical weapons containment narrative? And syria Russia may say nothing because it would be an embarrassing display of the failure of their air defenses?

Or did the syrians and Russians indeed manage to intercept or divert 70 % of those missiles? Which is why the Us only talks of three targets?

The latter seems way more plausible, but nobody can know for sure.

I wish some of these useless reporters would ever ask the clowns in D.C., how and why on earth they fired 100 missiles if they wanted to hit but three targets. I am not holding my breath.

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macholatte fx Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:22 Permalink


Making new Friends.......

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Today News - Alex Jones CRIES during rant about Syria attack

Russian Military briefing after the US strikes on Syria | April 14th 2018


Does it matter if all of the “allied” weapons hit their targets and the “enemy” defenses were useless if the basis for the aggression was complete bullshit?

I believe people were happy 2 weeks ago when Trump said he was pulling out of Syria because the mission to kill ISIS was accomplished and that “others” would take over.  I believe that many people, including me, are very unhappy about the situation today and believe the chemical attack was bullshit and if it was real, fuck it!  Let “others” deal with it.



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FireBrander macholatte Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

105 missiles fired - at supposedly only three(!!) targets?

3 missiles hit the chemical weapons factories the USA was unaware of for the last 7 years (in "freedom fighter held territory) until Assad loaded up an industrial sized compressed gas tank with Chlorine and dropped it from a helicopter through some poor slobs roof killing him as he slept in bed without destroying the bed.

The other 102 missiles went "off course" due to Russian jamming and hit the area of the alleged gas attack, leveling it, and making an investigation of the facts impossible.

Mission Accomplished!

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Slack Jack Fireman Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

This latest chemical attack in Syria is yet another FALSE FLAG.

Just like all the previous chemical attacks in Syria were FALSE FLAG events.

Just like the Skripal "chemical attack" in Britain was a FALSE FLAG event.

Trump is a Jew (so are Macron and Theresa May, by the way).

It seems the Jews want war,.... yet again.

If Putin does not respond, with force, to force,....

We can only conclude that Putin is a Jew too; Putin the new Hitler.

If you wish to see how real wars are conducted, read:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.


Does anyone actually think a single missile was fired?

OR,... is it all massively coordinated false news.


The 30 or 40 missiles that got through should have left a few holes here and there.

Unless, of course, it is all BS.

It is 2 PM in Damascus; the video clips should have been up-loaded hours ago.

But there don't seem to be any.

"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We (Jews) are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality (by outright lies)... We're history's actors (the creators of huge wars)... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do (and get away with it)."

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:39 Permalink




FireBrander "Video will come, Aerial photos will come"

But it will take some time and many will see that everything is BS.

If the missiles had really flown we would have videos of the results all over the internet, long ago.

This time they messed up big time. SAD.

If they rush the cover up, it may turn out worse than not having any evidence at all.

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Scar Bro Slack Jack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:46 Permalink

I laughed my ass off at the 2000% increase in Russian troll activity. I’m one of them! Where do I send my details so I can get my pay check?
Jesus wept! These people have nothing left! They bumbled their way through that press conference, stuttering and spluttering. Hollowed out shells to be used by jews. They don’t even believe that shit themselves. Fucking zombies

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King of Ruperts Land chumbawamba Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

So is Trump now compromised by the deep state? After raiding his lawyer, they are definitely in his pubes with a microscope now.

This does not seem like a very effective military strike. This is not a prep for invasion.

Alex Jones just declares he no longer supports trump.

I am a die hard supporter. Just better see some of those 5D chess moves soon.

I really hate hearing the fake narratives. Especially from a hero who called out the Fake News. Officialdom, DC, the "International Community", (may God cast it into the lake of fire) are like dens of serpents, the Fake Narrative, the inversion of good and evil, is as the drone of hissing.

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mkkby eforce Sat, 04/14/2018 - 17:38 Permalink

Mission accomplished translation -- let's get Mueller and the media off my back by showing I don't like Russia. 

Such a weak move.  A few more holes in the desert, or perhaps a little more rubble in a country of rubble.

Hopefully the US can leave now.  Let all the assorted shia and sunni muzzie nut groups bleed each other.  No reason to give a single fuck about any of them.


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r0mulus DownWithYogaPants Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:18 Permalink

The west just creates its own reality as it goes along, facts be damned- or at least that is what they are trying to do here. They just keep doubling down on the lies!

I watched RT and CSNBC last night to judge the various coverages. Rachel Maddow of course was confidently pushing the "assad gazzed his own people/heinous crimez" narrative as if it were an absolutely certain fact! She even interviewed a pentagon correspondent who basically regurgitated pentagon press-briefing talking points, and then at the end told Rachel "you know, we here at the pentagon press corps are just so dedicated to reporting the facts!" Maddow beaming at the notion, replied "Absolutely!". It was a completely mind-blowing propaganda/misinformation moment, watching those two shamelessly lie to a nation where at least half of registered democrats take that as incontrovertible Truth!

RT was of course much more objective, but appeared to have at least one amateurish anchor (the american english speaking one), and much lower production value.

The difference in the reporting just made me realize how little real information most of the US actually gets. It must be the most mis-informed nation (not uninformed) in history.

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fx Klassenfeind Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:09 Permalink

" I guess we have to take that claim of '71 downed missiles out of 103' with Soviet Era anti-aircraft missiles with a grain of salt.  "


Well, they may have been downed with upgraded(!) Soviet Era equipment. But you can bet that die Freunde tracked and jammed(!) them with state of the art latest technology. And there may be some covert Russian air defense systems allover the place besides the official ones (those that protect the Russian Tartus and Hmimeim bases).

Obviously, in times as these EVERYTHING has to be taken with lots of salt. But the western claims of firing 100 missiles at just three targets cannot possibly be true. Since the number of missiles seems undisputed between Russia/syria and the US/UK/France, the number of targets ist the thing wre the lying starts.

Btw, the Russian military briefing provided a ton of detail compared to the porr propagandashow of the Pentagon that was nothing but unspecific hyperbole and self-congratulation.


As for anybody still believing Trump plays chess here, get a life! By blackmail or bribery or persuasion the deep shit owns Trump by now. Appointments of ultra-hawks Pompeo and Bolton are facts that prove this loud and clear, besides the terrible decision this past morning. Stop deluding yourself folks, Trump the president has nothing in common anymore with trump the candidate. Or with what the candidate pretended to intend.

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DoctorFix Slack Jack Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:53 Permalink

I remember a time when you couldn't go the night without being "reminded" about how precise those smart bombs were when they struck some target in Iraq.  Video was a given.  It was relentless.  The only thing they served to remind me is that they loved to showcase until the day they have to offer proof and then they turtle up and make excuses.  Lying sacks of shit.

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