Iranian drone 'on mission' to attack Israel before being shot down

Iranian drone 'on mission' to attack Israel before being shot down

US President Donald Trump today launched airstrikes on Syria over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons in Damascus.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he said. Officials also said the strike was larger than a similar attack on the Assad regime launched past year.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

"We waited for it to cross into our territory", he said, stressing that it was important for Israel "to get our hands on the drone".

Meanwhile the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah terror group said Friday that an alleged Israeli airstrike on an air base in central Syria that killed seven Iranians this week was a "historic mistake" that has brought Israel into direct conflict with Tehran.

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Joseph Dunford, who took part in the briefing about the raids alongside Mattis, said the targets had been chosen to "mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved".

Ankara said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished. In a television broadcast, May said: "This is not about intervening in the civil war. It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House.

May authorized the strikes without a vote from Parliament, which has been in recess.

The same report claimed that Moscow recently supplied Syria with advanced Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to bolster President Bashar Assad's defense capabilities.

In London, Britain's Theresa May also emphasized that the retaliation was focused on Assad's chemical weapons and ensuring a stop to the "erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

Russian Federation has requested a UN Security Council meeting over the recent airstrikes which targeted three chemical weapons research and production facilities in Syria during the early hours of Saturday.

Johnson said: "The world is united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians".

Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster bun recent months it has closely worked with Russian Federation for a political solution in Syria even though Moscow remains a chief ally of the regime.

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said.

He added that "those responsible must be held accountable". "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"U.S, allies will not gain any achievements from crimes in Syria".

Back in February, Israel responded to Iran sending the drone by launching a flurry of 122 airstrikes against the Iranians in Syria.

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