Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Israeli strike on Syria kills 14 killed

"Accepting Iranian entrenchment in Syria would be to accept Iranians putting a chokehold on us".

An Iranian news agency affiliated with the regime in Tehran claimed on Tuesday that seven Iranians were killed in the attack on Syria's T-4 airbase.

Iran on Sunday condemned allegations of a chemical attack on Syrias Eastern Ghouta rebel holdout as a "conspiracy" against its ally President Bashar al-Assad and a pretext for military action.

The attack comes just a day after the United States, the European Union, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey, had accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. "Iran will consider launching an official retaliation for the attacks on its soldiers this time in order to deter Israel from continuing to strike Iranian forces in Syria".

Earlier on Monday, both USA and Russian officials said Israel's air force was behind the bombing of Syria's T-4 airbase, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights left at least 14 people dead, including "foreign nationals", which the Tehran regime confirmed were Iranian personnel.

Two warplanes, believed to belong to Israel, attacked the T-4 airbase in the Homs governorate on April 9, the Russian Ministry of Defense had reported. Both Syria and Russian Federation denied the attack took place.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel was responsible for "flagrant" aggression in Syria.

In the denial of U.S. involvement in Monday's attack, Pentagon spokesperson Christopher Sherwood said in a statement, "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".

"Syria's enemies are angry because of its military advances against terrorist groups", Velayati said.

Velayati, in turn, reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support Syria and its people in their struggle against terrorism, and will further strengthen their strategic relations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the strike as "a risky development" in the Syrian civil war with the Foreign Ministry in Moscow requesting time with Israel's ambassador to Russia, Gary Koren.

Within an hour, Trump tweeted again: "Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

Israel meanwhile has repeatedly expressed its own concerns about the expanding Iranian military presence in Syria as the Syrian Government consolidates its control, and may have seen Trump's threats as an opportunity to piggy back onto America's threats, said Michael Horowitz, a senior analyst at Le Beck International, a Middle East-based geopolitical and security consultancy.

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