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Iranian parliamentary delegation to visit Syria following US-led airstrikes

Iranian parliamentary delegation to visit Syria following US-led airstrikes

"The Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, located in the Barzeh neighborhood northeast of the Syrian capital, specialized in producing specific drugs which are direly in short supply amid Western sanctions", reported Press TV's website.

An explosion rocked an area in northern Syria Saturday near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. According to the reports, the attack targeted a large weapons and ammunition warehouse at Jebel Azan, outside Aleppo.

Since Syria was gripped by civil war in March 2011, Iran has remained a close ally of the country and supported its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.

There were unconfirmed reports of several casualties, with Iranian officers and soldiers said to be among the dead and wounded.

The allies' operation was meant to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.

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The attack followed an attempted attack on Israel by an Iranian military drone fitted with explosives that entered Israeli air space on February 10. But McKenzie said Saturday he hasn't seen any indication that Russian air defense systems were used, calling Syria's response "indiscriminate" and mostly futile.

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

Seven Iranian military advisers were killed in the Israeli air raid on T-4 on April 8.

Even more risky is that Israel and Iran, at the exact same time, seem to be heading for a High Noon shootout in Syria over Iran's attempts to turn Syria into a forward air base against Israel, something Israel is vowing to never let happen.

Netanyahu said that it should be "clear to President Assad that "his reckless efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, his wanton disregard for global law and his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endanger Syria".

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