U.S. Navy officials released brief video clips of a submarine and a guided-missile cruiser launching Tomahawk missiles against targets in Syria on April 14, 2018. The videos provide interesting footage and reveal some details of what happened.
The video footage at the top shows a fast-attack submarine launching a Tomahawk missile “from the Mediterranean Sea as part of a multi-national strike operation” against chemical weapon facilities in Syria.
Another video (see below) shows “[t]he guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61)” firing a Tomahawk missile. The caption provided for the video doesn’t say where the Monterey was when it conducted the strike. But “Arabian Sea” is included in the published dateline.
Regardless of where the USS Monterey precisely was, the fact that it potentially attacked from as far away as the southern Arabian Peninsula indicates that one or more Middle Eastern nations may have given permission to the U.S. (along with the U.K. and France) to use their airspace for this operation.
In other words, the potential avenues of approach for missiles from the general location of where the USS Monterey was into Syria all cross at least one bordering nation.
Both President Trump and Secretary of Defense Mattis gave remarks explaining why the U.S. conducted the operation.
Expect additional details of the attack to emerge over the next few weeks and months. And watch to see if the U.S. escalates its involvement in Syria, or if exits it as Trump has previously said he wanted it to do.
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