Russia, Iran army chiefs vow to continue Syria fight

18 April, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Syria's President Bashar al Assad speaks during an interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List in Damascus

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she's "skeptical" that Bashar al-Assad's regime was behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria.

In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual USA goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed Washington's "disappointed" at Russia's hostile reaction to airstrikes on a Syrian airbase on Friday.

And he says there is no Russian interest in allowing the current disagreements over Syria to lead to a broader confrontation.

"We are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change".

"Those who wanted us meddling in the Middle East voted for other candidates", Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter. Russian Federation should ask themselves. Russia's sponsorship for this murderous regime.

"I think as time goes on, every day that has passed, he more and more has understood the gravity of USA leadership", said GOP Sen.

On the ground in Syria, ISIL militants launched two suicide attacks on US-backed Syrian rebels near the border with Iraq, killing at least 12 people and wounding many more, rebels sources said on Sunday. The comments from the Trump administration signal a new course in the foreign policy regarding Syria. While Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, described regime change in Syria as a USA priority and inevitable, Tillerson suggested that last week's American airstrikes in retaliation for the chemical attack hadn't really changed US priorities toward ousting Assad.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Fallon said the Kremlin was responsible "by proxy" as the "principal backer" of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He did not rule out additional strikes if Assad continued to engage in atrocities against rebel forces with either chemical or conventional weapons.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says U.S.

Sen. Lindsay Graham is calling for as many as 6,000 more US troops to fight the Islamic State group.

Trump's decision was unlike the previous administration.

Mr Tillerson stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of direct involvement in planning or carrying out the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest Moscow was an accomplice to Mr Al Assad.

The Shayrat air base in Homs Province has been an important piece of infrastructure for the pro-Assad coalition, a housing venue for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, after they intervened in Syria, in 2012-13, to rescue Assad. An alliance with traditional partners and local allies can contain Iran and defeat Daesh, and these strikes are an opportunity to strengthen the crucial relationships in building such a coalition, which have frayed in the last eight years.

Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.

"I think it probably was partially to blame ..."

The prohibition of chemical weapons is one of the oldest norms of the worldwide community, dating back to 1899.

Tillerson, on the other hand, stressed that the air strike had the limited aim of deterring further use of chemical weapons.

On Friday, senior USA military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack. But in interviews broadcast Sunday, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Moscow because Russian Federation wasn't targeted.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that new actions could be taken against Syria.

The Pentagon has urged Russian Federation to recommit to the line, and US officials say they will continue to try to use it.

"He seems to put great score in unpredictability, and that's not such a bad thing in foreign relations if it has some kind of framework around it", said Peter Romero, a top State Department official in the Clinton administration.

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling last week's chemical attack in Syria as U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson prepared to explain Washington's retaliatory missile strikes to Moscow.

The two leaders noted the importance of continuing close cooperation in the political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian civil war, the statement said.

But he said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance by rethinking its alliance with Mr Al Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

"It just - if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".



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