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21 April 2017, 05:04 | Erica Roy
The heads of the general staffs of Iran and Russian Federation, a close ally of Assad, spoke by telephone on Saturday and condemned the U.S. strikes as "blatant aggression. aimed at slowing a trend of victories by Syria's army and its allies and boosting the terrorists' morale", Iran's state news agencyIRNAsaid. "Because it indicates their continued support for the Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people".
As president-elect, Trump's Middle Eastern concerns centered on defeating the Islamic State and depicted Syria's millions of refugees as potential extremists and a threat to USA borders. The government refers to all those fighting against it as terrorists.
It was Trump's biggest military decision since taking office and marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's protracted war. To take Assad out now is to leave the field open to various jihadist groups. The statement was made in the name of a previously unheard of "shared operations room" between Russia, Iran and allied forces.
"Russia sits here today humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator entirely propped up by Russia, Hezbollah and Iran", he added.
Trump's intervention, created to punish Assad, was the clearest demonstration of his willingness to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The move was welcomed by the Syrian opposition and its main backers, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but harshly condemned by Russian Federation and Iran, who back Mr Al Assad.
Rouhani said the USA strike would not affect Iran's Syria policy, while Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would not withdraw in the face of similar aggressions. "They are repeating offense of their predecessors", Khamenei was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
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"These unauthorized attacks could pull the United States into a regional war and escalate this unprecedented humanitarian crisis", their statement said.
It said the strike was believed to have been carried out by Russian planes, which operate in support of the Syrian government.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the U.S. strike "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of worldwide law".
The UN Security Council had been negotiating a resolution, proposed by the United States, France and Britain on Tuesday, to condemn the gas attack and push the Syrian government to cooperate with worldwide investigators.
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The Foreign Office announced on Saturday, April 8 that Johnson would not be visiting Russian Federation for talks in the wake of America's unilateral air strike on Syria after the use of chemical weapons.
The Syrian army said the USA attack killed six people and called it "blatant aggression" that made the United States a partner of "terrorist groups" including Islamic State.
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