Large-scale explosion reported at Iranian base in Syria

Still, American officials said the attack was intended as a proportional strike aimed specifically at Syria's chemical weapons facilities rather than a broader set of targets and was a one-time, one-night assault to punish Damascus for a suspected gas attack last weekend.

Initial reports said the explosions were heard at Jabal Azan, a small Iranian base south of Aleppo.

State media outlets in Syria have reported that the attacks are "a flagrant violation of worldwide law and demonstrate the contempt of these countries for this law".

"It does not exist anymore", McKenzie said of the research facility.

"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.

The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development.


When asked whether Russian Federation was prepared to work with the proposals of Western countries at the United Nations, Ryabkov told TASS news agency: "We will work calmly, methodically and professionally, using all opportunities to remove the situation from its current extremely risky political peak". For them, Syria is less important than US President Donald Trump's decision on the Iranian nuclear deal, due in less than a month, on May 12.

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the decision making process in U.S. administration, reported that Defence Secretary presented the White House with three military options: missile strikes on Syria's chemical-weapons capabilities, strikes on a wider set of targets, including suspected chemical-weapons research facilities and military command centres.

"Trump's resolve and Israel's support remain unchanged", Netanyahu said.

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons.

The US and its European allies chose three targets instead of the single air base hit past year and used twice as many weapons.

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