Western air strikes on Syria could let terrorism expand -Iraq

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has responded to the US, UK and French air strikes by saying that they have made Syria and its people more determined than ever to crush terrorism in the country.
In remarks made during a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and published on the Syrian presidency's Twitter account, Mr Assad said: "This aggression will only increase Syria and the Syrian people's determination to continue to fight and crush terror in every inch of the country."
He accused Western countries of supporting terrorism in Syria.
During the phone call Mr Rouhani reaffirmed Iranian support for Syria, the Syrian presidency said. Iran is believed to have supplied troops and funds to Mr Assad's government during the conflict.
Air strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain against Syrian military targets could give terrorism an opportunity to expand in the region, the Iraqi foreign ministry said on Saturday.
The air strikes marked a “a very dangerous development”, the ministry said in statement.
“Such action could have dangerous consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent,” it said.
The ministry called on Arab leaders to discuss the situation at a summit due to be held in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
President Bashar al-Assad told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that a US-led attack on Saturday would increase Syria's resolve to "fight and crush terrorism in every inch" of the country, the Syrian presidency said.
Rouhani told Assad that Iran would continue to stand by Syria, "expressing his confidence that this aggression would not weaken the determination of the Syrian people in its war against terrorism".