Iran condemns US-led strikes in Syria

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference at 10 Downing Street London on Saturday. Image Reuters

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference at 10 Downing Street London on Saturday. Image Reuters

Confirming the airstrikes on Syria, Trump said the attacks are a "direct result" of Russia's failure to keep Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons, news agency ANI reported.

Israel immediately responded at the time with strikes against Syrian air defenses and Iranian "targets", hailing it as "the biggest and most significant attack the air force has conducted against Syrian air defenses" since the 1982 Lebanon War.

It was the basis for France's involvement in a joint military operation launched Saturday with the USA and Britain to target Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned the US-led attacks on Syria and said Washington and its allies would bear responsibility for the consequences in the region and beyond, state media said.

"These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said during a televised address late Friday from the White House, blasting Assad.

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said.

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

Syrian soldiers hold their weapons as they dance and chant slogans against US President Trump during demonstrations following the air strikes. Image AP

"Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said. The demonstrations broke out early Saturday following a wave of US, British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians.

"Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts", Putin said in a statement.

Mattis says the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people last week.

A number of strikes on targets in Syria have been attributed to Israel.

He added that the USA military is not aware of any civilian deaths. An Israeli F-16 was shot down by the Syrian Army, although the pilots survived.

They have said a roughly 20-year prison term for Atilla would be appropriate. Officials also said the strike was larger than a similar attack on the Assad regime launched past year.

"Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and to be a base for these and other actions, including by Iran, that puts its territory, forces and leadership in danger", the terse statement said. "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added.

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