Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has backed Russia's air strikes in his country. Speaking on Iranian TV, he said the success of a military campaign involving Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction.
Global oil prices fell after the US-led airstrikes in Syria at the weekend, having spiked last week on fears Middle East tensions might escalate. Eyes now turn to how Syria's key sponsors, Russia and Iran, react.
The Russian reaction to Western airstrikes in Syria is a mix of relief and anger. The country's parliament is discussing sanctions against the United States. DW's Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
The ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has slammed the US for its joint airstrikes in Syria, as has Iran. Though the UN called on participants in the regional conflict to show restraint, others welcomed the strike.
Former top US officials are uncertain whether the Syria strikes will achieve their intended goal, to deter the Assad regime from using chemical weapons. But the attacks sent some key additional messages.
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