Without a shadow of a doubt, last night’s bombing of a Syrian air base is the talk of the town today, and it seems the plot continues to thicken as more and more details emerge surrounding the incident.
The bombing was in response to a gas attack the Assad regime launched on the people of Syria which led to horrific pain, suffering, and death. The most disturbing footage showed how the gas affected young children, and it was simply barbaric.
New information is now coming to light that an eyewitness stated the Syrian military at the targetted air base anticipated the bombing by the U.S. military.
According to ABC News, Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday night’s raid on Syria’s Shayrat air base, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness.
Dozens of Tomahawk missiles struck the air base near Homs, damaging runways, towers and traffic control buildings, a local resident and human rights activist living near the air base told ABC News via an interpreter.
U.S. officials believe the plane that dropped chemical weapons on civilians in Idlib Province on Tuesday, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed 86 people, took off from the same air base.
The attack lasted approximately 35 minutes and its impact was felt across the city, shaking houses and sending those inside them fleeing from their windows. Firefighters responded shortly after the attack was over.
By Friday, shops were closed, traffic was flowing normally, and regime forces were back in the air base to assess the damage. A Syrian Army spokesman announced on State TV that six people were killed and several more were injured in the attack. Both of the air base’s major runways were struck by missiles, and some of its 40 fortified bunkers and some out-of-service planes, parked in a hangar, were damaged as well.
Local residents say the Russian military had used the air base in early 2016 but have since withdrawn their officers, so the base is now mainly operated by Syrian and Iranian military officers. There is also a hotel nearby where Iranian officers have been staying, though it was not clear whether it was damaged.
The fact the Syrian military seemed to anticipate the bombing last night definitely raises a few questions.
Did they carry out the gas attack with the express intent of drawing us into a conflict? It sounds kooky, but hey, anything’s possible these days.
Or perhaps the Syrians were tipped off by Russia after the U.S. used the “deconfliction line” to warn Russia ahead of time that the strike was coming.
Per ABC, To protect pilots, Moscow and Washington opened a so-called “deconfliction line” after Russia began its bombing campaign in September 2015. On the U.S. side, it is run out of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at the vast al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which hosts the forward headquarters of U.S. Central Command. There, air traffic controllers and senior military officers are in contact with their Russian counterparts in Syria. They share coordinates and other data to avoid midair collisions or confrontations.
However, after the strikes last night, Russia announced it was suspending the line.
Let’s hope President Trump and his advisors are working double time to make sure this situation gets resolved quickly and prevents more death and destruction from falling on the people of Syria.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]