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World Satellite images show craters at alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities

03:00  15 april  2018
03:00  15 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Commercial satellite imagery of that site from April 6, after the allegation , shows a crater in the road that corresponds to the open source video. The United States is confident that the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people in the

Israeli satellite images show locations of a suspected Iran-backed missile production facility in Syria , a Russian S-400 missile defense system, and a Syrian military weapons development base that was hit in an airstrike attributed to the IDF on September 7, 2017.

  Satellite images show craters at alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities © Satellite image 2018 DigitalGlobe

The Syrians say some targeted sites didn't receive any damage. Satellite images given to CNN appear to show the contrary -- extensive damage.

The US Department of Defense early Saturday released a map that it says shows their three Syrian airstrike targets. CNN provided that map to two satellite imagery companies, Digital Globe and Planet.com.

Satellite images from those companies appear to show extensive airstrike damage to facilities allegedly involved with Syria's chemical weapons program.

France, the United States and United Kingdom launched joint military action on Friday evening, firing 105 missiles at the three sites in Syria. Shortly after the airstrikes began, President Donald Trump said all three sites were "associated" with the Syria's chemical weapon program.

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“The Syrian regime maintains the capability and intent to use chemical weapons against the opposition to prevent the loss of territory deemed “Commercial satellite imagery of that site from April 6, after the allegation , shows a crater in the road that corresponds to the open source video.”

Satellite images showing the destruction at the site of the alleged Israeli strike in Syria emerged Saturday. It was also claimed to be where Syrian President Bashar Assad develops chemical weapons .

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target." Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

And although the Russians reported a number of Syrian military airfields, industrial sites and research facilities were hit, the Syrians said otherwise.

Military facilities in Homs hit by missiles

Syrian state TV reported missiles targeting Homs were intercepted and did not cause damage.

New satellite images from Digital Globe appear to show there was extensive damage to two separate facilities in Homs. The first pictures are from Friday and the second are from Saturday.

The US Department of Defense says that a chemical weapons storage facility was targeted, in addition to a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post.

Airstrikes make rubble out of Damascus research center

One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus. New satellite images from Planet.com show that building has been reduced to rubble.

The first image is from April 8 and the second is from Saturday.

"We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chemical weapons program. So, it was mission accomplished," said White, the Pentagon spokeswoman.

Inspectors arrive at suspected Syrian chemical attack sites in Douma: Russia .
Inspectors from the world's chemical arms watchdog arrived Saturday in the Syrian town of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place earlier this month, the Russian foreign ministry said. A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been in Syria for a week but had not travelled to the city because of security fears."According to the information we have, the special OPCW mission... arrived on the morning of April 21 in the city of Douma at the sites suspected of having toxic substances," the ministry said in a statement.

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