This declaration by the two men follows the American cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week. The Russian-Iranian alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to...
“any breach of red lines from whoever it is. 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 joint command center also said the presence of U.S troops in northern Syria where Washington has hundreds of special forces helping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to oust Islamic State was “illegal”.
They went on to declare that the U.S. cruise missile strikes would not deter their forces from “liberating” all of Syrian territory.
Meanwhile, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. missile strike was...
“a strategic error, and a repeat of the mistakes of the past. The Islamic Republic has shown that ... it does not back off and its people and officials ... do not retreat in the face of threats,”
In the meantime U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed Russia for the chemical weapons attack saying Moscow had failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.
Suddenly the logic behind President Obama's restraint in attacking Syria in 2013 becomes clear.