Pentagon denies USA attacked Syrian air base outside Homs


Syrian anti-aircraft defences have shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat, in Homs province, and another base north-east of the capital Damascus, Syria's state television, official news agency and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media say.

Even the Pentagon on Monday denied any involvement in a attack on a Syrian air base out Homs, not far from where by USA, United Kingdom and also French missiles hit early Saturday morning. The Syrian state television report did not, however, specify who may have fired the missiles.

Smoke rises after Syrian government air strikes on Douma, in eastern Ghouta on April 7.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports".

Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area.

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The apparent attack came days after the US, France and Britain conducted a coordinated missile attack against Syrian government targets. "We do not have additional details to provide".

Syria and its allies most recently accused Israel of launching a strike against Syria's T4 airbase in Homs, killing four Iranian military personnel.

The heavily armed and Tehran-backed Shi'ite movement has been a vital military ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the seven-year-old Syrian war. He did not elaborate.

Site of previous U.S. attack: The Shayrat airbase was the target of an April 2017 USA missile attack in response to an earlier chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.