Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Why Iran is staying so quiet over Syria

Why Iran is staying so quiet over Syria

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US, France and Britain of crime.

Syrian air defenses responded firmly to the Western powers' attacks, shooting down most of the missiles fired at the country.

Early on Saturday, the United States, the United Kingdom and France fired more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft at Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, which the countries blamed on Damascus.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of global law", the foreign ministry said.

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.

"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control", he said.

The U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range of Syria as President Donald Trump and his national security aides mulled the scope and timing of an expected military assault in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack. Iran and Russian Federation could step up their involvement in the country.

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"The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorisation for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians", she said.

Speaking via satellite link to his supporters in Beirut Friday, Nasrallah called the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma "theater".

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, France and Britain followed that example. For them, Syria is less important than US President Donald Trump's decision on the Iranian nuclear deal, due in less than a month, on May 12.

An explosion rocked an area in northern Syria Saturday near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, a monitor said.

"But on this occasion there is none", Theresa May said adding that the attacks were not about "regime change" or "intervening in a civil war", but were to "deter the use of chemical weapons" by the Syrian government. The United States would not be going to war with Assad or his chief allies, Russian Federation and Iran.

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

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