On Friday night, the United States, the United Kingdom and France collectively launched an airstrike on Syria after it had been reported that President Bashar al-Assad had launched another gas attack on its few remaining citizens in the country. Using the collective firepower of three countries, here are the types of weapons used Friday by these allied nations.
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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said they used double the firepower as compared to the strike which took place in 2017.
Mattis also said the strikes were “a one-time shot,” but the U.S. would not hesitate to strike them again if they continued using chemical warfare.
According to Business Insider, three targets in Syria were struck collectively with a reported 105 total weapons. The U.S. launched Tomahawk missiles from three of the 12 warships that were in the vicinity.
Following the Tomahawk strikes, the U.S. also was said to have used B-1B Lancer long-range bombers. The three locations struck were suspected chemical weapons facilities maintained by the Syrian regime.
CNN reports that the British used four Tornado fighter jets armed with cruise missiles. The British Ministry of Defense said its jets took off from the coast of the Mediterranean.
French President Emmanuel Macron published on his Twitter a video of its Rafale fighter jets taking off and heading towards Syria. The French Defense Minister said the jets flew from a based in France and were armed with the same weaponry the British used.
Décollage, cette nuit, des forces armées françaises qui interviennent contre l’arsenal chimique clandestin du régime syrien. Déclaration du Président de la République @EmmanuelMacron : https://t.co/HNSK0FmZIO pic.twitter.com/DEAW7R50aC
— Élysée (@Elysee) April 14, 2018
Both the French and the British used Storm Shadow missiles, which would have allowed them to fire on the Syrian targets without entering their airspace.
It was confirmed Saturday by the Pentagon that the U.S used JASSM missiles, which are essentially air-launched cruise missiles. This marked the first time they were used in combat, according to Tyler Rogoway on Twitter.
There has yet to be an accurate death count, and it’s currently unclear if any civilians were killed during the airstrikes.