Russia and Iran draw ’red lines’ in Syria to support Assad
April 10, 2017
Russia and Iran have drawn their own ‘red lines’ in Syria in response to President Trump’s missile strikes
(AMMAN, JORDAN) Russia and Iran have drawn their own red lines in Syria in response to U.S. strikes on an airbase responsible for a chemical attack on civilians.
The two countries warned that the strikes crossed their own “red lines” in Syria, and that any potential follow-up military actions will be met with retaliation, according to a Sunday report by The Independent.
“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,” said the alliance’s joint command center.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive U.S. actions against Syria were not permissible and violated international law, the Kremlin said on Sunday.
The two leaders also called for an objective investigation into an incident involving chemical weapons in Syria’s Idlib and said they were ready to deepen cooperation to fight terrorism, the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.
According to Reuters ISIS jihadists fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and residents in northwestern Idlib province said jets believed to be Russian conducted eight raids on Sunday on the town of Khan Sheikhoun where the chemical attack took place but no casualties were reported.
Raids hit several other ISIS-held towns including Saraqeb and Sarmin in the province, where the FSA and activists said incendiary bombs were dropped.
The death toll from an air strike on Saturday on the ISIS-held town of Urum al-Joz in Idlib province rose to 19 people, including six children, activists and residents said.
In the southern city of Daraa, jets believed to be Russian escalated strikes on Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups on Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to roll back their gains in the Manshiya district where battles have been raging for nearly two months.
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