Only 23 out of 59 US missiles hit target, damage is “laughable” – Syrian officer


April 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RusVesna – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

A military source from the Syrian Arab Republic has disclosed the details of the consequences of the US’ missile strike on Syria’s Sharat airfield:

“The Shayrat airfield has for six months already been used by the Syrian Army as a ‘dump’ where the Syrian Arab Republic’s armed forces’ old and already decommissioned military equipment waits before being sent to scrap or dismantling for old parts.

As a result of the US missile strike, six MIG-23’s were destroyed which were being repaired and one An-26 transport plane being recycled which, according to the technical staff of the base, already had its wings and power setup dismantled by the time of the attack. 

In addition to equipment of Soviet production, as a result of the strike several light-duty transport aircraft of foreign production were destroyed,” the Syrian military source concluded. 

According to the airfield’s servicemen, two tankers, several trucks, cars, and tractors were also destroyed.

According to experts, the total damage of the missile strike was no more than 3-5 million US dollars. At the same time, by using not so tricky math, it is clear that for recycling such old Syrian equipment the US Army lost around 90 million US dollars. 

As follows from objective monitoring information, out of the 59 missiles launched, only every fourth reached its target. Only 23 to 26 missiles fell in the vicinity of the Shayrat airfield itself. 

It is unlikely that these results will please American taxpayers. Despite the beautiful pictures in the media, from a military standpoint  and in the context of damage to the Syrian army’s military infrastructure, the result of this strike is, at best, laughable. 

From an economic standpoint, in terms of corresponding losses and the damage struck, the American side has a fiasco on its hands.

Despite the uselessness of the US strike, from a practical military point of view and from the point of view of the damage done to the Syrian army by the strike, nevertheless someone gets something out of this. This attack was immediately taken advantage of by ISIS terrorists, who immediately after the bombing went on the offensive on government troop positions in the Homs province. 

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This fact and the incident in September 2016 in Deir ez-Zor (when coalition aircraft bombed Syrian armed forces, after which an ISIS offensive on the city began) speak to the fact that the US is not so much fighting with terrorists in Syria as it is providing them direct military support in fighting against the Syrian army. 

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