Iran said to allow Russian Federation to deploy 'strategic aircraft' in its territory

US marks 22 targets for strikes in response to chemical attack in Syria says specialist

US marks 22 targets for strikes in response to chemical attack in Syria says specialist

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, claimed in a post on his website that the leaders of the U.S., France and Britain "have committed a major crime".

Syrian television reported that Syria's air defenses, which are substantial, have responded to the attack.

The statement comes after Iran, a strong ally of Syria, this week threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base that the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran blamed on Israel.

"Last year, (US) President Donald Trump said that the use of chemical weapons would violate a red line".

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Separately, a high-ranking commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has been fighting alongside the military of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the start of the Syrian war, said the United States and its allies now await the consequences of their strike on Syria.

Several Iranian military advisers were killed in that attack, including a colonel who served as a senior officer in Iran's drone program, according to Iranian news reports, and Iran has threatened to retaliate.

Despite Iran's claim that its presence in Syria is at the request of the official government, in fact it depends more on what Russian Federation wants.

Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".

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"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances".

President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last week. Trump has already indicated he would like to withdraw the estimated 2,000 US ground troops in northern Syria, where they've been assisting Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State militants.

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Yaakov Amidror, a former Israeli national security adviser, said Iran has "an open issue with us" over the air base strike. Seven Iranian military personnel were killed at the T-4 facility, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

"I urge all member states to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. "US president, United Kingdom prime minister and the president of France are criminals", Khamenei said in a speech cited by Iranian TV.

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