Why Iran is staying so quiet over Syria

15 April, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Stay in Syria to block Iran

Trump ordered the strikes to punish the Assad government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-occupied area near Damascus last weekend that reportedly killed more than 40 people, including children. "He is lying." The United States, France and Britain said they launched the air strikes against Syrian government military installations in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the regime a week ago - a claim dismissed by Damascus and its allies Russian Federation and Iran.

The statement also accused Syria of providing military bases for Iran, putting its "territory, forces and leadership in danger".

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The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons against enemy forces.

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, France and Britain followed that example.

Johnson tweeted Saturday that he welcomed the news of the military strike against major chemical weapons facilities in Syria in concert with "our US and French allies".

The Russian embassy in the USA released a statement saying "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", adding that Washington, Paris and London will be held accountable for them.




"The authoritarian Assad regime did not get the message last year as it was hit by American missiles after it carried out chemical weapons attack against its own people", Mattis said adding that it carried used chemical weapons again this year. "It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House.

Iran's involvement in Syria in support of Assad has alarmed Israel, which has said it will counter any threat.

Russian Federation and Iran on Saturday denounced overnight airstrikes from the U.S., France and Britain against targets associated with their ally Syrian leader Bashar Assad over an apparent chemical weapons attack.

Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

The French presidency issued a video on Twitter showing what it said were Rafale warplanes taking off as part of the intervention.

During the phone call yesterday between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president reportedly stressed his desire for Israel to respect Syrian sovereignty and not to destabilize the Syrian government, which should be read as Putin warning Israel to stay in its lane and not widen its lens to include altering the internal balance of power between Assad and the opposition, which the US seems to be considering.

State media outlets in Syria have reported that the attacks are "a flagrant violation of worldwide law and demonstrate the contempt of these countries for this law".

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