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15 April 2018, 09:57 | Erica Roy
Trump was to hit Russian and Iranian targets in Syria
But the overall dynamic has shifted given the prospect of greater American military involvement in response to Assad's attack, notwithstanding President Trump's predilection toward pulling out of Syria altogether, and Russia's hawkish attitude toward limiting the USA footprint.
Israeli planes then struck an Iranian installation in Syria from which, the IDF said, the unmanned aircraft had been operated.
"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack", said Iran's foreign ministry in a statement.
"Last year, President (Donald) Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line". The organization has previously determined that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Second, the timing of Israel's strike this week came on the heels of the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta and rampant anticipation that an American response was imminently forthcoming.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.
The US attack on a military base in Homs, western Syria injured 3 civilians, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) earlier reported.
Lawyers for a Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade USA sanctions told a Manhattan federal judge on Friday it would be unfair to subject their client to a long prison stay, given the "leniency" afforded many large banks and their employees for similar conduct.
Iran has been Assad's most supportive ally against insurgents throughout the conflict. 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. Iran-backed militias helped his army stem rebel advances and, following Russia's entry into the war in 2015, turn the tide decisively in Assad's favour. "If al-Assad and his allies can weaken the SDF, they can crack the foundation of the USA military's planning for Syria".
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the strike on Syria's T4 air base.
Following Saturday's tripartite attack, a top Russian defense official, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, said Moscow may reconsider supplying Syria with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to upgrade its aging Soviet-era anti-missile systems.
On Monday seven Iranian personnel were among 14 people killed in an early-morning strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, with regime allies Iran and Russian Federation blaming Israel for the attack. Such a move would restrict Israel's freedom to maneuver across Syria's skies.
He wrote: "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria". A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a monthlong war in 2006.
U.S. 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack
But that is to trivialize Assad's offense and suggest that the US commander in chief can't or shouldn't act because he's besieged. Now that the extent and nature of the strikes are much clearer, my assessment is that they will not achieve their stated goal .
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