United States strikes on Syria 'justified', says Israeli official

Alicia Farmer
Апреля 15, 2018

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisUS targets Syrian chemical weapons facilities with strikes Top general: USA did not notify Russian Federation on Syria targets Mattis: Clearly Assad "did not get the message" with strikes previous year MORE ended a briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Friday night by warning of false reports from "those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime".

Syrian television reported that Syria's air defenses, which are substantial, responded to the attack.

The U.K., U.S. and France launched the attacks near Damascus early Saturday.

The Jewish state has not commented on the attack, but the United States said that Israel had warned it about the attack beforehand. "They are crimes of a monster instead", he said. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway.

In Iran, senior Iranian official Ali-Akbar Velayati warned that the "Zionist crimes in Syria will not remain unanswered".

Iran is a major supporter of the Bashar al-Assad regime, whose forces violently cracked down on pro-democracy protests in 2011, triggering a deadly civil war that killed thousands.

A second U.S. official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

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"I clearly declare that the United States president, the French president and the UK prime minister are criminals and have committed a crime", the Leader said on Saturday.

Mattis also said that any strike would not represent a shift in USA strategy in Syria, which is aimed at defeating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

May, whose government is propped up by a small Northern Irish party, said Britain and the West had an obligation to deter both Assad and others from using chemical weapons after the poison gas attack in Douma near Damascus killed up to 75 people, including children, last Saturday.

If neither the Russians nor the Syrian government care what happened to Iran's "military advisers" during the missile strikes, why would they want to stay there?

He stressed that missile strikes at Syria are "justified". The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April past year.

Trump has said he will hold the Syrian government, as well as its Russian and Iranian allies, accountable for the suspected attack.

On Friday, Nasrallah said the casualties were elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards and said it was the first time in Syria's long-running conflict that they were intentionally hit by Israel.

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