Friday, April 13

US BOMBING CIVILIAN AREAS OF DAMASCUS; RED CRESCENT HIT, CIVILIAN CASUALTIES REPORTED Updated (all EDT), until midnight all times PM 4/13: 11:29, 11:41, 11:52, 11:55, 11:58. 4/14 12:07 AM, 5:07 AM

Update 5:10 AM April 14
Of course there was -- still is -- a fog of war, with plenty of conflicting reports. Here is Sputnik's summary of the situation; the Russians claim that Syria's air defense shot down"most" of the missiles that the Axis powers, chiefly Americans, dropped on Syria. From another report, the Syrian General Staff is reporting this morning that there were three people injured in the bombings. Here is the latest tally, published by Al-Masdar News.  

We'll learn more as the hours wear on.

Also, in an update earlier this morning, Bernhard at Moon of Alabama sees the attack as a nothingburger. The way I see things, it was an unprovoked attack on another nation. I don't consider that a nothingburger even though I understand it could have been much worse. 

End Update  

I'm posting as fast I can on the US/UK/FR missile strikes on Damascus. Will keep updating this post as I find the reports. Updates at the end except for any I find in Moon of Alabama comment section; I'll keep those together.  I think the time stamps for "Plod" and other MoA commenters  are all Eastern Daylight Time, US.   

From Moon of Alabama comment section:

Good source for in-Syria blow by blow: -- from a MoA commenter.

...the attack was halted shortly after Russian jets went airborne. Inconsistent accounts on whether they were on an intercept path or headed towards Al Tanf.
Posted by: Thirdeye | Apr 13, 2018 11:22:50 PM | 164

Bundy as already cited here several times (a commenter at SyPer) seems to have roughly the same information.

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 13, 2018 10:48:34 PM | 137
More from Bundy:

Intercept incoming. Russian planes snapped towards vector of UK and French planes.

Mainly the missiles are coming from the South and from the East. High air activity over Jordan. Jet fighters attack launched from Al-Edid Air Base, Qatar

No ships are taking part. Syria has coastal defenses that can sink them maybe why.

Matts just claimed that US destroyed all the chemical facilities of Syria, keep this in mind for when the next lie comes

Posted by: Plod | Apr 13, 2018 10:18:15 PM | 113

From Bundy:
Scientific research center in Barzeh (not)!Jumrya is hit
Along with Mazzeh AB.

First wave fired from the east is now over.. More are expected. The ships in the med have not taken part in this.

The 2nd wave of attack began now.

Wave after wave of cruise missiles hitting Syria; it is not stopping. Over 40 minutes of cruise missiles.

They are avoiding all Russian areas but bombing civilian areas as well.

Most of the missile attack has been foiled as of 8 minutes ago. Civilian research center and Red Crescent Housing Center in heavily-populated Barzeh was hit.

US struck one of Damascus’ most densely populated suburbs. Jaramana reporting strikes.

Civilian casualties are being reported in Damascus as at least 2 residential areas have been struck by the US-led force’s missiles. At least 4 dead in one of the strikes.

Posted by: Plod | Apr 13, 2018 9:56:09 PM

More from Bundy:

Many missiles were downed.


The 2nd wave is now over And it came from the west over Lebanon.  [Does that it mean it was Israeli jets?]
US is facing great difficulty hitting its targets in Qtaifah missile base north of Damascus, a third wave is still incoming

Dumays airbase was hit, it is an emptied off everything.

13 US missiles were shot down over al-Kaswa south of Damascus

US launched dozens of decoy missiles, Syrian air defense was able to reveal them according to al-Mayadin

All targeted sites have no Russian air assets or personal present.

Posted by: Plod | Apr 13, 2018 10:05:40 PM | 95

SecDef Mattis and Chairman JCS Dumford giving a presser now, state this is a one-off attack, US role is now complete (22:11 hrs EDT). Said they used routine deconfliction channel to inform Russian armed forces.

Posted by: howard in nyc | Apr 13, 2018 10:12:26 PM 

Mattis is still answering questions (22:20 EDT). (I flipped to CNN for the press conference). He said approx twice as many missiles used tonight than last year's attack. He said targets were not announced to the Russians, but air lanes that would be used were described. He is also being very cagy answering questions about the 'proof' of the chemical attack, and of which chemicals were used (chlorine or sarin). He looks quite uncomfortable telling blatant lies.

Posted by: howard in nyc | Apr 13, 2018 10:25:00 PM | 118

 Update: US Coalition cruise missiles now raining down over several areas in Syria
April 14
Al Masdar News

(4:20 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition has expanded their strikes over Syria this morning, striking a number of locations near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

According to Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus, the U.S. Coalition just struck Jaramana, Barzeh, Dumayr, and several sites in rural Damascus.

Correspondent added that the cruise missiles are raining nonstop over the Damascus countryside, with some reports of attacks in the western province of Tartous.


Just in: Syrian Air Defense downs cruise missile in east Damascus (video)
Al Masdar News
April 14

(5:00 A.M) – An Al-Masdar field correspondent in west Damascus has captured footage of the Syrian Air Defense downing a U.S. cruise missile over rural Damascus at 4:45 A.M. (Damascus Time) this morning.

As shown in the video below, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept the missile in the direction of the Dumayr Military Airport, which is in eastern Damascus.


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