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Iranian forces among 14 killed in strike on Syria air base: monitor

12 April 2018

"Iran views the outcome of the Ankara summit as a green light to continue entrenching itself in Syria", one senior defense official said, calling it "a disconcerting development for Israel".

"The fact that Iran is participating in such a summit, under Russia's wing, gives the Iranians the tailwind to continue on their current path", an Israeli official said. The report quoted Arab sources as saying that Russian Federation may boost the Assad regime defense for future attacks from Israel.

"The Iranians will probably respond to the strike attributed to Israel, even if not immediately", reasoned Amos Yadlin, the head of the Institute for National Security Studies.

Monday's strike left at least 14 people dead, including 7 Iranian military personnel. "Eventually, this deterioration may spill over beyond Syria and lead to Iranian and Hezbollah attempts to strike at Israeli and Jewish targets outside the region". The Syrian state news agency also said that the missiles were fired by Israel from Lebanese airspace.

The IDF on has been put on high alert after Iran threatened to retaliate for the airstrike.

The United States and its allies are threatening to carry out military action against the Syrian government under the pretext of chemical weapons use, he said after a meeting with Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev in the capital Tehran. Jerusalem has not confirmed the charge.

Trump has declared his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria in the coming months, despite resistance from many of his advisers.

The Pentagon denied any role in the military airbase attack in Homs and issued a statement, "At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting airstrikes in Syria".

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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".

Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government, alongside Russian Federation, and Velayati was speaking on arrival in Damascus where he was due to meet with President Bashar al-Assad, according to ISNA.

"Smart rockets should be aimed at terrorists, rather than the legitimate government, which has for several years been fighting worldwide terrorism on its territory", Zakharova said in a Facebook post.

Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack.

Pictures have emerged of the damage to a Syrian air base after an air strike on Sunday.

At the same time, Trump's declaration last week that he wants to pull USA troops out of northeastern Syria further undermines the impact that strikes might have on slowing the government's progress, said Faysal Itani of the Atlantic Council in Washington. While many observers initially believed the U.S. had carried out the strike in response to the Assad regime's alleged chemical attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma, Russia, Syria and Iran publicly blamed Israel.

Syria denies ever using chemical weapons during the war and says it eliminated its chemical arsenal under a 2013 agreement brokered by the US and Russian Federation.