Syria Attacked: Russian MoD says USA prepared militants for conducting Chemical attacks:
Russian MoD says USA prepared militants for conducting Chemical attacks:
Russian MoD says USA prepared militants for conducting Chemical attacks on the Syrian Arab Republic on 14th of April has said that provocations by US-trained militant groups using chemical weapons will serve as a pretext for the US to attack Syria, and Moscow has seen corresponding preparatory moves, including the formation of naval strike groups.
“We note the evidence of preparation for possible attacks. Strike groups of naval carriers with cruise missiles are being formed in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the Persian Gulf and in the Red Sea,” General Rudskoy said.
“The US alongside its allies conducted a missile strike by its air and naval carriers targeting military and civil facilities of the Syrian Arab Republic on April 14 in the period from 3.42 am till 5.10 am (MSK).
The Russian air defence systems at the Khmeimim and Tartus air base timely located and controlled all naval and air launches made by the USA and the UK.
Announced French aircraft have not been registered by the Russian air defence systems.
It is reported that the B-1B, F-15 and F-16 aircraft of the USAF as well as the Tornado airplanes of the UK RAF over the Mediterranean Sea, and the USS Laboon and USS Monterey located in the Red Sea were used during the operation.
The B-1B strategic bombers approached the facilities over the Syrian territory near al-Tanf illegally seized by the USA.
A number Syrian military airfields, industrial and research facilities suffered the missile-bomb strike.
As preliminary reported, there are no civilian casualties and losses among the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Information will be further specified and made public.
As evident by the available data, 103 cruise missiles have been launched, including Tomahawk naval-based missiles as well as GBU-38 guided air bombs fired from the B-1B; the F-15 and F-16 aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles.
The Tornado airplanes of the UK RAF launched eight Scalp EG missiles.
The Syrian air defence systems, which are primarily the USSR-made AD systems, have successfully countered the air and naval strikes.
In total, 71 cruise missiles have been intercepted. The S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat, and Osa Syrian AD systems were involved in repelling the attack.
It proves high efficiency of the Syrian armament and professional skills of the Syrian servicemen trained by the Russian specialists.
Over the last eighteen months, Russia has completely recovered the Syrian air defence systems, and continues its development.
It is to be stressed that several years ago given the strong request by our western partners, Russia opted out of supplying the S-300 AD systems to Syria. Taking into account the recent incident, Russia believes it possible to reconsider this issue not only regarding Syria but other countries as well.
The strike targeted Syrian air bases as well. Russia has registered the following data.
Four missiles targeted the Damascus International Airport; 12 missiles – the Al-Dumayr airdrome, all the missiles have been shot down.
18 missiles targeted the Blai airdrome, all the missiles shot down.
12 missiles targeted the Shayrat air base, all the missiles shot down. Air bases were not affected by the strike.
Five out of nine missiles were shot down targeting the unoccupied Mazzeh airdrome.
Thirteen out of sixteen missiles were shot down targeting the Homs airdrome. There are no heavy destructions.
In total 30 missiles targeted facilities near Barzah and Jaramana. Seven of them have been shot down. These facilities allegedly relating to the so-called “Damascus military chemical programme” were partially destructed. However, the objects have not been used for a long time, so there were no people and equipment there.
The Russian air defence systems have been alerted. Fighter jets are on combat air patrol now.
There were no cruise missiles entering the Russian AD responsibility area. The Russian air defence systems were not applied.
Russia considers the strike to be a response to the success of the Syrian Armed Forces in fighting international terrorism and liberating its territory, rather than a response to the alleged chemical attack.
Besides, the attack took place on a day when the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) special mission was to start working on investigating incident in the city of Douma where chemical attack allegedly occurred.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visits Shanghai Naval Base
ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Saturday (21st of April) visited Shanghai Naval Base and called on Commander Shanghai Naval Base, Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun.
Upon arrival Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who is on an official visit to China, was received by Commander Shanghai Naval Base Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun.
A smartly turned out contingent of PLA(N) clad in ceremonial dress presented him the Guard of Honor followed by call on with Commander Shanghai Naval Base, said a press release issued here.
Later, the Naval Chief visited PLA(N) Ship YANG ZAHOU. The Admiral was briefed onboard by the Commanding officer of the ship. He interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their professional competence. The Chief of the Naval Staff also visited Chinese aviation assets.
Kim Jong Un says North Korea would halt nuclear tests!
PYONGYANG: North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong Un has stated here today that he would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches.
Kim Jong Un mainatined since North Korea had successfully developed its arsenal, including miniaturizing warheads to fit them on to missiles, “no nuclear test and intermediate-range and inter-continental ballistic rocket test-fire are necessary for the DPRK now”.
He told the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party that North’s nuclear testing site was no longer needed, and the Party had decided that nuclear blasts and ICBM launches would cease from today (21st day of April).
Kim Jong Un’s proclamation has been welcomed by President Trump who is scheduled to meet him shortly. However, it is pertinent to mention here that Pyongyang has not given any indication that it would give up its nuclear arsenal that has the ability to reach USA.
Chemical attack probe: France wants immediate access!
PARIS: France urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow today to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of “obstruction” aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed “full, immediate and unhindered access” to the site in the town of Douma.
Their mission has been put on hold after a United Nations security assessment team were fired at, and officials at the OPCW have said that Russian and Syrian forces have likely removed key evidence.
“At this time the OPCW investigators still have no access to the chemical attack site in Douma. If Russia and Syria ultimately abide by their commitments, it will take (the investigators) at least two weeks,” Le Drian said in a statement.
“The OPCW mission has as its goal establishing whether a chemical attack indeed took place and identifying the nature of the chemical agent used. This obstruction will obviously harm the quality of the investigation,” he added.
“It seems likely that this attitude is intended to make proof and material evidence linked to the chemical attack disappear.” France joined the United States and Britain in launching air strikes a week ago against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, in retaliation against an alleged chemical attack in Douma which local medics said killed at least 40 people.