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I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted. And we successfully hit every target. This operation does not represent a change in US policy. Our goal in Syria remains defeating ISIS by, with, and through the 70-nation coalition. But we will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, ignores international law.
00:00:39
>> As of now, we're not aware of any civilian casualties. Now, I would also note, and as I said in my prepared remarks, the Syrians shot 40 large missiles into the air last night. Those missiles came down somewhere, and so we should just recognize that's a part of this equation too.
00:00:56
None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses. And we have no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed. This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years. Since the strike, we have not seen any military response from actors within Syria.
00:01:15
And we remain postured to protect our forces and those of the coalition, should anything occur. Dana, back to you.