Russia, Iran denounce US-led strikes against Syria

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For a variety of reasons, none of the three want to see the USA 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 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.

While NATO has issued a strong statement of support for its three allies which launched a military strike against Syria over the suspected chemical attack of last weekend, the United Nations called for restraint.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of worldwide law", the foreign ministry said.

Iran used the air base as a central command facility, and Israel had attacked it before in order to limit the effectiveness of Iranian spy drones, and reduce any missile threat to Israel.

A Syrian military statement said in all, 110 missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France and that a lot of them were shot down or derailed. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", he added.

The US together with its allies, the United Kingdom and France targeted the Syrian capital city of Damascus early Saturday. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack. This complicated situation will be against USA interests. But as the rebel danger has escalated, Iran has remained, building a military infrastructure in Syria to develop a property corridor to Lebanon and to counter Israel, adding to Iran's capacity to strike quickly to deter Israel from attacking its own nuclear amenities.

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The official says that "Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and be a base for these actions and others, including Iran's, that put its territory, forces and leadership in peril".

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", McKenzie said.

May authorized the strikes without a vote from Parliament, which has been in recess.

US President Donald Trump, along with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron authorised precision air-launched cruise missile strikes against Syria on Saturday to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action. Attacking Syria is a crime.

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