Trump Launches Airstrikes on Syria; Russia, Iran Warn of Consequences

Trump Launches Airstrikes on Syria; Russia, Iran Warn of Consequences

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "absolutely confident" that Syrian President Bashar Assad is behind the alleged chemical attack on his people that the USA and allies retaliated against Friday night.

"It was a heavy strike", Mattis said of the attack on Assad's chemical weapons facilities.

"The evil and the despicable attack left mother and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said of last weekend's attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room.

Ankara said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished.

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

Public anger and objections to Iran's presence in Syria, and people's frustration with a collapsing economy, turned into protests in January. "The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people", he said.

The announcement was later confirmed by a USA embassy spokesperson. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

Iran is a major supporter of the Bashar al-Assad regime, whose forces violently cracked down on pro-democracy protests in 2011, triggering a deadly civil war that killed thousands.

Iran warned of "regional consequences" on Saturday following a wave of punitive strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France.

Following the infiltration Israeli jets took off to strike the launch site of the drone as well as the drone control vehicle which guided the drone into Israeli territory and were met by massive Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

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A statement carried by state news agency SANA said the strikes aimed to block a probe by the OPCW global chemical watchdog into an alleged gas attack outside Damascus.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, lawyers for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a former deputy general manager at Turkey's state-controlled Halkbank, said "notions of comity" weighed against a stiff punishment at his May 7 sentencing.

Mattis says "right now this is a one-time shot" but is not ruling out further attacks.

The Pentagon, however, has claimed that the airstrikes "successfully hit every target".

Damascus is seen as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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