Politics US denies Syria strikes after state media reports explosions at military airfields

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A Syrian state news agency said the US may have been behind the attack.

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  • Syrian state media reports that a government airfield in Syria has been hit by military airstrikes.
  • A Syrian state news agency said the US may have been behind the attack.
  • The Pentagon has denied US involvement in the attack.


Syrian state media reports that a government airfield in Syria has come under fire by military airstrikes.

According to SANA news agency, which is tied to the country's Ministry of Information, a military source said several people were injured or died in the blast. The agency said the US may have been behind the attack.

The attack reportedly occurred near the Tayfur military airbase, also known as T4, in Homs. The Syrian air defense reportedly exchanged fire, according to SANA.

Syrian TV reported loud explosions were heard near the airbase in the early hours of Monday.

Details and footage of the alleged attack have not been independently verified.

The Pentagon denied US involvement in the attack, and said it was continuing to monitor the situation closely.

"At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria. However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable," said the Pentagon in a statement.

Some experts suggested Israel may have been behind the attack, although Israel has not commented on the reports.

Reports of the attack follow a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma on Saturday, which killed and injured dozens of people.

Both Syria and Russia have denied that a chemical attack took place, despite multiple reports and video.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to coordinate a "strong, joint response" to the escalating situation in Syria.

President Trump was quick to call out Assad for Saturday's attack in a tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price ... to pay."