Apr 10, 2017

Mattis: U.S. strike took out 20% of working planes at Syrian airfield

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon's assessment of the strike in Syria last week "damaged or destroyed" 20% of Syria's operational aircraft at the Shayrat airfield where the strike was targeted.

Why it matters: The Syrian government can't refuel or rearm its aircraft at the airfield the U.S. targeted, per Mattis.

Mattis finished his statement off with a warning shot to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:

The Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons.

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