Written by By Alexander Stevens, CNN
In mid-March, a Russian-leased cruise missile fired from the Syrian port of Tartus slammed into the rebel-held town of Jobar, in western Syria.
“As an important part of our ongoing mission, we dispatched our quickest strike vehicle,” says Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. “The boat launched the cruise missile with four high-precision ‘Vowfire’ and Lockheed Martin AGM-154 E missile interceptors.”
The Pentagon did not disclose the identity of the cruise missile.
CNN asked the Russians how many cruise missiles were fired at the Syrian town, and how many its vessels had launched into Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defense responded, “We have no information on that.”
About 110 cruise missiles were launched in total, from ships in the Mediterranean, and short-range ballistic missiles based in Russia.
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The US has responded to these attacks, since they appeared to be in retaliation for US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base in April 2017.
“The unfortunate reality is that Syria’s military arsenal continues to pose a direct threat to the security of our forces across the region,” then-Defense Secretary James Mattis said at the time.
Less than a week later, two ships carried out additional strikes against ISIS targets in the Khorasan desert.