Iran calls attack on Syria crime, warns of unspecified consequences

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the strikes carried out in a stated effort to destroy three chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Assad's key regional ally, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, branded US President Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Theresa May "criminals".

The attacks were described by the Pentagon as precise and aimed exclusively at the regime's chemical weapons facilities.

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.

Iran on Saturday strongly condemned a joint airstrike by the U.S., Britain and France against Syrian regime's chemical sites in the wake of a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens outside the capital Damascus.

"Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people", Trudeau said in a statement Friday.

"Last year, [US] President [Donald] Trump made it clear that using chemical weapons crossed a red line".

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But calibrating the attack to achieve those objectives is more art than science. People clashed with security forces in cities large and small, chanting their disapproval of the waste of their money in Lebanon and Syria, and demanding regime change.

Opposition forces, including the Islamic State, may try to take advantage of a weakened Assad.

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

The February 10 incident led to Israel launching retaliatory strikes that hit targets inside Syria, including what Israel says was the drone's base of origin, the T-4 military airbase near Homs. More details are expected Saturday. "We were not out to expand this, we were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time it was a heavy strike", he said.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, lawyers for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a former deputy general manager at Turkey's state-controlled Halkbank, said "notions of comity" weighed against a stiff punishment at his May 7 sentencing.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind last month's nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England - a charge Moscow has denied.

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