Large-scale explosion reported at Iranian base in Syria

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"The crimes will not remain unanswered", Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said during a visit to Syria.

In Damascus, Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official.

Putin added Russian Federation would convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday and emphasised that the steps made by USA and its allies grossly breach the UN Charter and principles of worldwide law.

He said the strikes were a direct response to the attack on Douma.

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The US mission in Syria remains to defeat ISIS and not get involved in the country's civil war, White said. Since the strike, USA officials have not seen any military response from actors within Syria.

Calling it a "proportional" attack, McKenzie said Saturday the strikes destroyed "fundamental components" of Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure and "dealt them a severe blow".

Haaretz pointed out that "Israel" is concerned about the possible U.S. decision to withdraw troops from Syria in light of the President Donald Trump's statements which considered that the tripartite aggression is enough.

The Pentagon subsequently said no further strikes were planned as part of an operation launched a week after a suspected chemical attack on the holdout rebel town of Douma killed dozens of people. "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC, adding that Russian Federation was the only country able to pressure Assad to negotiate an end to the conflict. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the United States said. It fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or form a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah.

Following the April 9 attack, Syria's SANA news agency had reported that Israeli F-15s had fired several missiles - from Lebanese airspace - at Syria's T4 military airbase (also known as the Tiyas airbase).

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