Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Syrian leadership who used chemical weapons against civilians mustn’t go unpunished, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Turkish TRT Haber TV channel.
He noted that Turkey, as a member of NATO, supported the US in carrying out air operations in Syria.
He thanked Turkey for the support and said the country is a valuable ally for NATO.
On April 14, Joseph Dunford, US Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the US and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria and three main chemical weapons facilities were targeted by missiles from both sea and aircraft, which triggered Syrian air defenses.
Dunford acknowledged the strike was designed to degrade Syria’s chemical weapons capability without killing civilians or the many foreign fighters in Syria’s multi-sided civil war.
The Pentagon said one of the targets was a scientific research center located in the greater Damascus area, which it described as a Syrian center for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weaponry.
The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs.
The third target, which was also near Homs, contained both a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and a command post.