Chemical Attack Claims Signal A New Conspiracy against Damascus: Iran

Syria’s T-4 airfield

Syria’s T-4 airfield

Israel's military forces have been put on high alert after Iran threatened to retaliate over the bombing early Monday of an air base in central Syria.

As well as Iran, Russia, Syria, and the USA all said Israel carried out the strike on the T-4 Air Base near Palmyra.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russian specialists had found no trace of a chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, after allegations from the global community.

"With Iran's long record of sponsoring terrorist groups that target Israel, coupled with regular calls for destruction of the state of Israel, this has been a long time coming", Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst for the USA government, wrote in Politico.

An alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead in Syrias rebel-held town of Douma has sparked worldwide outrage, with US President Donald Trump warning there would be a "big price to pay".

Foreign sources cited by Israel's Channel Two News suggested that the air strike targeted systems that sought to disrupt the ability of the Israeli Air Force to conduct operations over Lebanon and Syria.

Israel and America's Arab allies have long warned that Iran's growing influence in Syria is part of a plan to build "a land bridge from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea", which Block says would destabilize "the entire region from the ruins of Syria to the Yemeni desert". The group also agreed to give up its prisoners, a key government demand.

Human rights groups and United Nations officials say the tactic amounts to forced displacement, a war crime.

US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have vowed a strong response to the suspected poison gas attack, which left dozens dead, and the UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later today.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump called Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting him.

The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but US officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria. Some had bluish skin, a sign of oxygen deprivation, according to a statement, symptoms consistent with chemical exposure. But it said the suffocations were the result of shelters collapsing on people inside them.

"With the Syrian army having the upper hand on the ground against the armed terrorists, it would not be rational for it to use chemical weapons", the statement said.

Russian Federation denied any involvement in the attack. Maj.

The children of Eastern Ghouta, in the suburb of the capital Damascus, have already suffered through years of violence.

"A president who says he wants to get the hell out of Syria is not really in a position to threaten the military progress of the regime", he said.

Velayati, in turn, reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support Syria and its people in their struggle against terrorism, and will further strengthen their strategic relations.

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