North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies briefed on US-led Syria strikes

(Strike on Syria)NATO backs US-led strike on Syria, calls it essential to protect int'l pact

NATO chief backs joint airstrikes in Syria

The NATO Secretary General on Saturday backed the joint strikes by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and France targeting the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities.

"Allies expressed their full support for this action meant to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter further chemical weapon attacks against the people of Syria", Stoltenberg said.

The meeting will be held on the 29th of ambassadors to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the members of the organisation to show moderation in the prevailing "dangerous" climate and to respect worldwide law.

Vladimir Putin said the strikes were an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on worldwide relations.

Former U.S. ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns, who is now a professor of diplomacy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, joined WBUR's Weekend Edition.

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'The three leaders agreed that the military strikes taken against the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons sites had been a success, ' a No 10 spokesman said.

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.

At the same time, Stoltenberg expressed his conviction that those responsible for chemical attacks must be held to account.

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Tensions have been running high between Israel and its arch-foe Iran, a key backer of the Syrian regime which provides military advisors and "volunteer" ground forces to Damascus. Israel did not deny or confirm any responsibility.

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