IDF: Captured Iranian Drone Was Set to Hit Israel with Explosives

IDF: Captured Iranian Drone Was Set to Hit Israel with Explosives

"The strikes tonight were far harder than the ones past year, when the United States launched 58 missiles against the Shayrat air base following a chemical attack", Defense Secretary James Mattis said. From a distance, U.S. missiles hitting suburbs of the capital sounded like thunder. In response, the IDF launched airstrikes in Syria.

In Iran, senior Iranian official Ali-Akbar Velayati warned that the "Zionist crimes in Syria will not remain unanswered".

Waving Syrian flags and pictures of Bashar al-Assad, some Syrians went to Al-Amawin Square in Damascus and praised their leader in denunciation of the attack. Some clapped their hands and danced, others drove in convoys, honking their horns in defiance.

During the phone call yesterday between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president reportedly stressed his desire for Israel to respect Syrian sovereignty and not to destabilize the Syrian government, which should be read as Putin warning Israel to stay in its lane and not widen its lens to include altering the internal balance of power between Assad and the opposition, which the USA seems to be considering.

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"Iran is opposed to the use of chemical weapons on the basis of religious, legal and ethical standards, while at the same time it. strongly condemns [using this] as an excuse to commit aggression against a sovereign state", said the statement cited by local media.

Johnson tweeted Saturday that he welcomed the news of the military strike against major chemical weapons facilities in Syria in concert with "our USA and French allies". A fact-finding team of inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was in Damascus and had been expected to head to the town of Douma on Saturday, scene of the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 people.

Mohammad Alloush, spokesman for the Army of Islam rebel group, called the airstrikes a "farce" in a Twitter posting.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from holiday to give authority to any military strike.

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"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", McKenzie said.

U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week.

The US, UK and France targeted a scientific research facility in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility in the same area, the US military said.

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