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Ellsworth B-1's participate in Syria attack
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Ellsworth B-1's participate in Syria attack
B1 Bombers from Ellsworth participate in strike on Syria
News Staff - April 14, 2018

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - The B-1 bomber's return to the Mideast was timely as several participated in the U.S. led attack on Syria Saturday morning.

The attack follows the use of deadly chemical weapons against Syrian civilians by Bashar al-Assad's regime. More than 40 people were reportedly killed in that chemical attack near the capital of Damascus.

The strikes, carried out by U.S., British and French forces, targeted Assad's chemical weapons capabilities, hitting a research facility as well as storage sites.
The exact number of B-1s involved and the weapons used was not released. The B-1 Lancers might have used the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). These are referred to as "standoff" weapons that can essentially be fired from outside of air defense ranges. The B-1s could hit targets without having to penetrate Syrian air space.

The B-1s, as well as other aircraft, accomplished the missions without any losses. Russia claims about 70 percent of the cruise missiles fired were shot down. The Pentagon, however, states that none of the 105 missiles fired were intercepted and that Syrian air defenses were basically ineffective.

Two Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1s and crews had recently redeployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar after a critical upgrade in the bomber's warfighting capabilities.



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