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Spain provides planes and equipment to US for Syria air strikes
16 April 2018 @ 11:20

SPAIN has provided logistic support to the USA for its attack on Syria, joined by France and the UK, although has not taken part actively in the air strikes in retaliation over Bashar Al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons massacre.

Defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal has been in close contact with her counterpart in France since Friday, and the US air base in Zaragoza (Aragón) has provided two planes equipped with supplies.

Also, the US air base in Rota (Cádiz province) has provided a Destroyer.

Spain's involvement was inevitable in some way because of the presence of its North American bases – an agreement two years ago for the centre in Rota to be used by the US military as a refuelling stop and to employ its equipment and aircraft means the country was always likely to be caught in the middle if the US chose to attack Syria.

But Spain's national government has said it supports the air strikes – president Mariano Rajoy says 'crimes against humanity' have been committed in Syria, referring to the barbaric chemical weapons attack on civilians.

Rajoy says he 'evidently would have preferred concerted international action', in a non-violent format, but that 'attacks against defenceless civilians, against women and children, cannot go unanswered'.

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