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Syria calls airstrike ‘a blatant act of aggression’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's office called the U.S. airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump on Thursday in the wake of a suspected chemical attack “a blatant act of aggression.” CBS News reported that the airstrike was “widely welcomed” by world leaders. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called an airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump Thursday “a blatant act of aggression,” USA Today reported.

The United States has said that the Assad regime is responsible for a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun earlier this week. The attack left dozens of people — including children — dead.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that the attack “crossed a lot of lines,” and on Thursday, he ordered an airstrike on the Syrian airfield from which Assad's government is believed to have launched the chemical attack.

In a video statement after the strike, Trump said, “It is in the vital security interest of the United States, to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

“Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump added. “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

Assad’s office called the airstrike "shortsighted," “reckless,” and “irresponsible.”

CBS News reported that the airstrike was “widely welcomed” by world leaders.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office called the airstrike “an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement, “Canada fully supports the United States’ limited and focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children.”

“President Assad’s use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored,” Trudeau said. “These gruesome attacks cannot be permitted to continue with impunity.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office tweeted that “Israel fully supports President Trump's decision.”

The leaders of Australia, Italy and Turkey also said they supported Trump’s decision.

Russia, an ally of Assad’s regime, claimed that the airstrike violated international law. Iran also condemned the strike.

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