Assessing the impact of airstrikes on Syria

Published: Apr. 16, 2018 at 5:30 PM EDT
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We are seeing new video of Saturday's airstrikes conducted by U.S. armed forces against Syria.

The Navy released video Monday showing the USS Laboon firing a Tomahawk land attack missile. The guided-missile destroyer was deployed to the Red Sea where it took part in strikes targeting the chemical weapons facilities maintained by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in the capital, Damascus, Monday in support of the regime's armed forces, who claimed they succeeded in confronting the joint airstrikes by the U.S., Britain and France this weekend. The rally was broadcast live on Syrian state media, where many attendees were seen waving Syrian flags. Demonstrators set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire, while cries of "Allah, Syria, and only Bashar" rang out.

Syrian media, Russian and Syrian officials have sought to downplay the impact of the airstrikes, saying the Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

The Pentagon says no missiles were engaged.

It has been seven years since the conflict began in Syria. UVM Political Science Professor Peter Henne spoke with our Eva McKend to give us a better sense of the impact of the strike. Watch the video for the full interview.