Russia, Iran slam US-led strikes on Assad regime in Syria

Trump was to hit Russian and Iranian targets in Syria

Trump was to hit Russian and Iranian targets in Syria

US-led strikes in Syria are an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said on Saturday.

Emphasising that the strikes are directed at the Syrian regime, Mattis said in conducting these strikes, the U.S. has gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asked all civilised nations to urgently unite in ending the Syrian civil war.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain's involvement in the intervention.

Analysts said the limited nature of the strike probably would not compel Russian Federation or Iran into taking significant action.

US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday the military action from the White House late on Friday.

The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development.

Khamenei said on Twitter early Saturday the US and its allies were committing a crime.

The statement comes after Iran, a strong ally of Syria, this week threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base that the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran blamed on Israel.

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The US together with its allies, the United Kingdom and France targeted the Syrian capital city of Damascus early Saturday.

More than 100 missiles were fired from ships and manned aircraft, and the allies struck three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said. The organization has previously determined that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

It is unclear if the tripartite military action will have the desired effect of halting chemical weapons attacks.

Russia, another major supporter of the Assad regime, has also denounced the USA -led airstrikes.

"Despite the involvement of numerous large global banks in past large-scale sanctions violations no banker other than Mr. Atilla has ever been charged for such conduct, much less sent to prison", Atilla's lawyers said in the latter.

Israel must be even more careful going forward than it already has been to keep its narrow focus on Iranian actions that only directly impact Israel, and to go no further.

Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said the United States had tried to look strong in a situation where it does not have much leverage and seeks to leave Syria. Iran-backed militias helped his army stem rebel advances and, following Russia's entry into the war in 2015, turn the tide decisively in Assad's favour.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", he said of the suspected deadly gas attack a week ago on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.

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