Airstrikes in Syria "appropriate reaction" - Turkey

Airstrikes in Syria

"With the joint operation by US, UK and France on Saturday, the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn't be left unanswered", Erdogan told his ruling AK Party supporters in an Istanbul meeting.

Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it.

Turkey has welcomed a joint strike by the U.S., U.K., and France against the Assad regime in the wake of a suspected chemical attack, which killed dozens outside of Damascus in Syria.

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"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime", Turkey's statement said.

Turkey regarded the operation launched by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime in response to the chemical attack in Duma on April 7 as appropriate response, APA reports. "The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", Erdogan added.

The talks come after Trump warned Russian Federation over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying USA missiles "will be coming" in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

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The use of mass destruction weapons, including chemical weapons, is a crime against humanity, the statement said.

Erdogan said he had a "sleepless night" as he monitored all the developments.

Erdogan, who had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May following the strikes, said he would also speak with French President Emmanuel Macron. There is no doubt in the global community's conscience on this matter. "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike".

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And in recent months, Turkey has worked closely with Russian Federation despite their differences.

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