If President Donald Trump decides to take further action against Syria, he may have to deal with more than just the doves in Washington D.C. Both Russia and Iran – as well as militias supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – have stepped up to defend their ally.
In a statement released to the Ilam Al-Harbi media outlet, a joint command center of Russian and Iranian forces and others stated:
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
The statement further called the presence of U.S. troops in northern Syria “illegal,” although the special forces personnel there are fighting ISIS alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces.
This was in response to the United States firing 49 Tomahawk missiles on Friday at a Syrian air base in retaliation to the chemical weapons attack by Assad to his own civilians.
Also on Sunday, the Kremlin reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani spoke via telephone and condemned the missile attacks, stating that they were “not permissible’ and “violated international law.” They also called for an investigation into the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib area.
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