Pentagon Says 'No Verifiable Proof' Russia Got Hold of Tomahawk Missiles

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Josh T. Jacques responded to Russian Federation sending in additional missile defenses, telling Business Insider that Russian Federation "should move humanitarian aid into Syria, not more weaponry".

Also, the Pentagon says Syria fired 40 interceptors, meaning it's virtually impossible that 71 missiles were downed, as it takes at least one interceptor to down a missile.

Pahon said Russian Federation is using a disinformation campaign to distract attention from having moral complicity in supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and "the regime's atrocities and the civilian carnage in western Syria". The three countries struck Syrian chemical weapons facilities in joint airstrikes a week later. Undoubtedly, Israel's attack on Syria's T-4 base, where people were killed, should be considered an aggressive act as well, the political scientist told Pravda.Ru. They accused the regime leader Bashar al Assad of using chemical weapons, possibly a nerve agent. The U.S. President Donald Trump on April 13 ordered missile attacks at the territory of Syria as a reaction on chemical weapon use in Douma.

Immediately following the reports that Syria would be getting S-300s, Israel threatened to destroy the S- systems if Israeli warplanes are targeted. His statement did not specify the weapons, but the remarks follow Russian media reports that Moscow is considering selling its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria. The mandate of a joint U.N. -OPCW body delegated to investigate such attacks has expired and Russian Federation has vetoed its renewal.

The most significant upgrade that Russian Federation could provide to enhance Syria's ability to shoot down jets and cruise missiles would be its S-300 and S-400 systems.

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"Russian specialists will continue training Syrian military personnel, as well as assist in the development of new air defense systems, the deliveries of which will be carried out in the near future", Rudskoy told the news agency.

He also claimed that USA missiles were captured and sent to Moscow so they could improve Russia's own weapons systems. More recently, Israel has warned that it will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.

Eight years into the conflict, more than 13 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance; about a quarter of the population is displaced in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, according to the United Nations. "When the Syrian systems acted against us, we destroyed them", the defense minister stressed.

Already this year, Israel attacked the Islamic Republic's T-4 base near Syria's Homs at multiple times, including once on April 8 when Tel Aviv launched airstrikes against the facility, killing four members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), now fighting for Assad.

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