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Syrians defy strikes; gather in Damascus squares waving Russian, Iran flags

15 April 2018

An official says in a statement Saturday that President Donald Trump made clear past year that the use of chemical weapons was a red line not to be crossed. For a variety of reasons, none of the three want to see the US maintain any foothold in Syria - Russia because it wants to carve out its own sphere of influence in the Middle East while diminishing American power in the region, Iran because it views the U.S.as a hostile adversary working with the Sunni states to contain its regional hegemonic ambitions, and Turkey because it feels betrayed by American support for Syrian Kurdish groups aligned with Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) nemesis.

A drone that required off from Syria and penetrated Israeli airspace in February was armed forces and within an Iranian mission to carry out an attack in Israeli territory, the Israeli military said Friday.

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"On the intelligence collected by our services, and in the absence to date of chemical samples analysed by our own laboratories, France considers, beyond possible doubt, a chemical attack was carried out against civilians at Douma. and that there is no plausible scenario other than that of an attack by Syrian armed forces", the report said. The organization has previously determined that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

Ravid said he had been told by senior Israeli officials that the U.S. administration conveyed messages via several channels both to the Israeli government and to opposition leaders and asked them to "temper their public rhetoric against Poland".

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The US, UK and France targeted a scientific research facility in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility in the same area, the US military said.

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said: "The Syrian people will certainly answer these attacks and the people of the world should condemn this aggression", Fars news agency reported. Second, the timing of Israel's strike this week came on the heels of the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta and rampant anticipation that an American response was imminently forthcoming.

Iran's defense minister said on Saturday that the US-led strike on Syria is a violation of global rules and regulations, according IRNA. "The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", Khamenei said in remarks published on his Telegram channel.

Minutes before US, British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes American President Donald Trump in a scathing attack on Syrian allis Russian Federation and Iran questioned their support for Bashar al-Assad. The White House said he would consult further with allies. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the United Kingdom and France had joined in the attack, Reuters reported.

They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of global rules and laws". Attacking Syria is a crime.

Syrians defy strikes; gather in Damascus squares waving Russian, Iran flags