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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has condemned joint airstrikes by the USA, the United Kingdom and France on Syria as "crime", describing the leaders of the three Western states as "criminals", PressTV reports.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisUS targets Syrian chemical weapons facilities with strikes Top general: U.S. did not notify Russian Federation on Syria targets Mattis: Clearly Assad "did not get the message" with strikes previous year MORE ended a briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Friday night by warning of false reports from "those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime".

"He is lying." The United States, France and Britain said they launched the air strikes against Syrian government military installations in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the regime a week ago - a claim dismissed by Damascus and its allies Russian Federation and Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

The US and its allies launched more than 100 strikes on Syria in a "one-time shot", officials at the Pentagon said.

"Trump says, "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

Israel has issued several stern warnings of late about Iran's increased involvement along its border in Syria in Lebanon.

"He adds ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".




"The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorisation for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians", she said.

Speaking via satellite link Friday to supporters in Beirut, Nasrallah also called the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma "theater". "This night, under America's guidance, the United States, France and Britain acted accordingly (because) Syria continues to carry out its murderous actions", the official, who declined to be identified, said.

Trump ordered the strikes to punish the Assad government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-occupied area near Damascus last weekend that reportedly killed more than 40 people, including children. The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April previous year.

Netanyahu said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must understand that "his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endangers Syria".

The Iranian drone is eerily similar to a United States drone that Iran captured in 2011. "These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said.

Russia, another major supporter of the Assad regime, has also denounced the US -led airstrikes.


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