Iran says US Syria strike a 'strategic mistake'

2017-04-09 21:05
A video grab of the Syrian damaged warplane hangar destroyed by US missiles. (AP)

A video grab of the Syrian damaged warplane hangar destroyed by US missiles. (AP)

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Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khomenei says the United States made a "strategic mistake" by attacking Syria.

The onslaught of 59 cruise missiles followed a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria that killed 87 civilians, including many children.

Tehran has been a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's six-year civil war, referring to all rebel groups in the country as "terrorists.

"The United States made a strategic mistake," Khomenei said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not leave the field (...) in the face of threats," he said, alluding to suspicions that the United States intended the attack as a sign it was willing to attack other countries including Iran.

"Former American officials created Daesh and the current leaders are reinforcing it," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

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