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Pentagon Denies Russia’s Claim That Only 23 Missile Reached Targets in Syria

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The Russian Defense Ministry’s assessment that only 23 of 59 US Tomahawk missiles fired at Syria’s al-Shayrat air field is not accurate, a US defense official told Sputnik on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — However the official did not say how many missiles reached the Shayrat base.

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"That is not correct," the official said when asked to comment on the claim.

Late on Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced he had authorized the Defense Department to fire cruise missiles at the air base near Homs in retaliation for a chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province earlier this week.

Defense Department spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said US forces launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from the US destroyers Porter and Ross, located in the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia's Ministry of Defense said earlier on Friday that only 23 of the 59 missiles had reached their target. Photos posted on social media appeared to show unexploded ordnance around the air base and in surrounding civilian areas.

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