The Russian Defense Ministry released aerial imagery on Friday showing the destructive aftermath left in the wake of Friday’s U.S. missile strikes of a Syrian air base.
President Trump ordered the military strikes on Thursday in response to the horrific chemical gas attacks on rebel-held Syrian villages, which resulted in dozens of men, women, and children killed.
A total of fifty-nine 1,000 pound Tomahawk missiles launched from two U.S. Destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean reigned down on the Shayrat air base, located southeast of Homs, around 3:45 a.m. local time.
The infrared aerial images show the large-scale destruction of planes, fueling facilities, and airfields reportedly used by the Assad regime to launch the deadly chemical weapons attacks.
According to a human rights group in the country, the missile strikes “almost entirely destroyed” the airbase.
Sources within the U.S. intelligence community told Fox News that they believe with a high degree of certainty the deadly gas attack on civilians was carried out by Syrian government aircraft from the air base.
Syrian officials have so far reported at least seven soldiers killed in the missile strikes.
“Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons,” Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters news agency.