20 Syrian jets destroyed in US attack
The U.S. missile strike targeting a major Syrian air base near Homs early Friday destroyed about 20 Syrian jets, two senior defense officials with knowledge of the strike told Fox News.This is a big loss for Syria and destroys one of its few advantages over opposition forces. The US gave a heads up to Russia about an hour before the strike, but apparently, the Syrians were not able to launch their aircraft and escape the missile attack.
None of the jets managed to take off and escape before U.S. missiles hit the target, the officials said, adding that all of the destroyed aircraft were jets -- not helicopters. No Russian aircraft were at the Sharyat airfield.