Turkey welcomes US-led joint airstrikes in Syria

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Turkey on Saturday welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" to a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead.

Calling on the global community to unite in order to prevent any such chemical attacks in the future, he said: "Efforts to only destroy chemical weapons will not be enough to end the instability in the region".

The U.S., U.K., and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria earlier on Saturday.

"We spent the night sleepless and followed the operation", Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul.

Erdogan highlighted the importance of working together with France and Russian Federation to resolve Syrian crisis and importance of not escalating tensions in Syria, the sources added.

He said it would be wrong to expect the previous attacks by the Syrian regime to remain unanswered. "We urge the worldwide community to unite and prevent future chemical attacks".

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Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

Turkey was informed about the military operation in Syria, said previously Mahir Unal, spokesman and deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

"It is a serious warning against chemical attacks", Ünal said.

The Incirlik air base in southern Turkey was not used in the USA -led airstrikes on Assad regime targets in Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday. "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

"Erdoğan highlighted the importance of not escalating tensions in Syria even further [to Theresa May]", the report read.