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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief backs joint airstrikes in Syria

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 02:16

They come a week after a suspected deadly gas attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma that left dozens dead.

Both Iran and Russian Federation, who back Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, blasted the attacks, which Downing Street said "had been a success".

Recalling the consistent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation condemnation of Syria's continued use of chemical weapons, the alliance chief said the alleged use of such weapons had been a clear breach of global norms and agreements. Trump condemned the attack calling it the work of a "monster". The countries targeted Damascus and surrounding areas in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities following a chemical attack last week which killed at least 60 people.

Russia's U.S. embassy warned the airstrikes will "not be left without consequences", while the Iranian Foreign Ministry threatened unspecified consequences.

'Since this was blocked by Russian Federation there was no other alternative than to react the way they reacted at this time'.

Jeremy Corbyn said the military action against Syria was "legally questionable" and makes real accountability for war crimes less likely.

"NATO considers the use of chemical weapons as a threat to worldwide peace and security, and believes that it is essential to protect the Chemical Weapons Convention".

Pence says he's hopeful that Russian Federation and Iran will "once and for all abandon chemical weapons" against innocent civilians.

Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the Prime Minister for not seeking parliamentary approval, adding that "bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".