Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Syria strikes an "important signal" to Iran and Hezbollah -Israeli minister

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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.

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, France and Britain followed that example.

Analyst Hossein Sheikholeslam, a former Iranian ambassador to Damascus, told state television the attacks would help unite Syrians behind the government.

Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russian Federation said it did not.

His remarks came after President Donald Trump announced targeted strikes on Syria in collaboration with the United Kingdom and France to retaliate against the April 7 chemical attack in the Syrian town of Duma.

"The U.S., a country with the largest arsenal of chemical weapons, has no moral right to blame other countries", he said, adding that the attacks were a threat to Moscow. 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.

May said Britain and its allies had sought to use every diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons, but had been repeatedly thwarted, citing a Russian veto of an independent investigation into the Douma attack at the U.N. Security Council this week.

"The U.S. -led coalition's strike on Syria will make the regional situation more complicated".

"Iran can destroy Israel", Shirazi - Khamenei's representative to the Quds Force, the espionage and paramilitary wing Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) - claimed.

"The Iranian aircraft was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israeli territory", said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a statement after an embargo was lifted Friday evening.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for USA -led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria.

Johnson tweeted Saturday that he welcomed the news of the military strike against major chemical weapons facilities in Syria in concert with "our US and French allies". Joseph Dunford, Washington's top general, said the "precision strikes" hit three targets: A scientific research centre near Damascus that is allegedly connected to the production of the chemical weapons; a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs; a command post near the capital.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has expressed his support for the airstrikes on Syria authorized by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz mentioned there clearly was "a high probability the attack in Syria this week attributed to Israel was against an undercover target that reflected that a similar hazard" since the drone incursion in February.

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