Iran calls attack on Syria crime, warns of unspecified consequences

Randal Sanchez
April 15, 2018

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

"I firmly declare that the Presidents of US and France and British PM committed a major crime", he said.

Mattis also said that any strike would not represent a shift in US strategy in Syria, which is aimed at defeating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Read the rest of the story here. "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he said.

On a cost-benefit analysis the Kremlin has more to lose from any escalation - or a prolonging of the 7-year-old, multisided Syria conflict now that their longtime ally Assad, thanks to Russian and Iranian military assistance, has swung the battlefield decidedly in his favor and has all but won the civil war.

"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.

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"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad".

There were concerns before the punitive strike of a Russian military response.

It added that Yemen's military did not possess such aircraft and it was "impossible to manufacture them locally".

President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last week.

The official spoke anonymously according to protocol. It fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or form a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah - Lebanon's Iranian-backed political party and militant group sworn to Israel's destruction.

"President Trump must also hold Putin accountable for his enabling of the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people", Pelosi said. This complicated situation will be against US interests.

Lawyers for a Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions told a Manhattan federal judge on Friday it would be unfair to subject their client to a long prison stay, given the "leniency" afforded many large banks and their employees for similar conduct.

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