2017: US launched Tomahawks in Syria, but Russia didn’t use the S-400 defense

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PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Our “History” section will take you back four years on April 7, 2017, when the United States decided to launch a missile strike on Syria. The reason for then US President Donald Trump’s decision was a revelation that Syria and especially President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on its citizens and the opposition.

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The attack

On April 7, Washington saw a decision to counter the spread of information from various intelligence agencies, including US intelligence, that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used a gas chemical attack against his people and especially against opposition forces.

The military advisers to Donald Trump, then president of the United States, decided to use the Tomahawk cruise missiles. This missile name has a history and is confusing some of Washington’s opponents. Syrian Arab Army air bases are targeted. Footage from the then-attack spread among television channels showing large-scale missile strikes, but more like explosive fireworks.

A little later in the year, military analysts from the United States and Russia said that the attacks in question had caused minimal damage to the attacked Syrian targets. NBC News reports, for example, that one of the attacked airbases suffered damage to buildings and the amount of stored kerosene fuel. Some of the planes and runways were intact.

In reality, the runway reconstruction would seem to be a difficult task if Syria did not have an ally like Russia, which can repair the damage within weeks. However, the runways’ damage remains in the same condition to this day and continues to be used, which speaks of only one thing – a well-tailored theater.

Russia does not even use the S-300 or S-400

The theory of a well-tailored theater is supported by a significant and unshakable fact – the Russian defense forces never decided to use the S-300 and S-4-00 anti-aircraft missile systems.

With these two anti-aircraft missile systems, Russia could easily “blow out” American Tomahawks, the Palmer Report said. But Moscow’s passivity is perhaps another sign – the Kremlin knew very well about the planned attacks, especially that the damage would not be what the Pentagon would want.

Moscow’s non-commitment to protect Syria from US Tomahawk missiles speaks volumes – the likelihood of an agreement between the United States and Russia on the attack and future damage exists, with a relatively high percentage. Wasn’t the attack aimed at manipulating the world community that this was a brutal blow to Assad, but was, in fact, a hidden agreement between the two most significant powers in the world?

Many experts say the following: Despite the US desire to avenge Assad, Russia’s non-participation in defense of Syrian airbases “stinks” of a well-directed theater.

What is the truth? Only three people know her – Trump, Putin, and Assad. Everything else is a guess, but adequate, right?

War in Syria continues

In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use power.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.

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