On the morning of the 14th of April, the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out a series of cruise missile against multiple government targets in Syria.
In total, the forces of the three nations fired 105 cruise missiles:
- 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from US Navy ships
- 19 JASSM-ER cruise missiles were fired from from American B-1 bombers
- 9 SCALP/Storm Shadow cruise missiles from French Air Force Rafale jets
- 8 SCALP/Storm Shadow cruise missiles from Royal Air Force Tornado jets
- 3 Naval SCALP cruise missiles from French Navy ships
According to US military’s Joint Staff, the allocation of missiles to targets was:
- Barzeh research and development centre (Damascus): 57 Tomahawk and 19 JASSM-ER missiles.
- Him Shinshar storage site (west of Homs): 9 Tomahawk, 8 British Storm Shadow, 3 MdCN, and 2 French SCALP missiles.
- Him Shinshar bunker (west of Homs): 7 French SCALP missiles.
“All weapons hit their targets close to the designated time on target,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the US Joint Staff director.
Syrian response was ineffectual as the Syrians launched surface-to-air missiles on a ballistic trajectory. “Most of the launches occurred after our strike was over,” the general said.
“When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it has to come down somewhere.”