Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

US calls Syria strikes a success; Russia, Iran condemn attack

The airstrikes were launched under the pretext to punish Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus.

Stoltenberg said that the strike "will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

The Israeli statement came after the leader of Hizballah on April 13 called an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria that killed seven Iranians on April 9 a "historic mistake" that will lead to open conflict for the first time between the two Middle Eastern powers.

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Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the Assad government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Aware of the public's view of events in Syria and Lebanon, the regime is now being cautious about how it reacts, and about the news it feeds to the public, for fear of more demonstrations.

The same report claimed that Moscow recently supplied Syria with advanced Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to bolster President Bashar Assad's defense capabilities.

"These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said during a televised address late Friday from the White House, blasting Assad.

Speaking from the White House, Trump says, "To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

Tensions on Israel's northern border have been rising in recent months as Israel fears that Iran is entrenching itself deeper into war-torn Syria with its presence on Israel's borders growing in strength. The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April previous year.

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly. It says the government evaluated publicly available information from non-governmental organizations and other sources as well as unspecified French intelligence.

Damascus is seen as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018. The United States would not be going to war with Assad or his chief allies, Russian Federation and Iran. "USA president, United Kingdom prime minister and the president of France are criminals", Khamenei said in a speech cited by Iranian TV.

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