Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

US military takes extra precautions in Syria

Aftermath of the US missile attack on a Syrian military airbase Sputnik Mikhail Voskresenskiy Dangerous Trend US Attacks on Syrian Army Doing Nothing but'Aiding Terrorism
Sammy Stanley | 13 April, 2017, 01:12

He will say that Assad has no future in Syria, Russia must stop supporting the regime and a plan to rebuild the country must be drawn up.

It's unclear what the talks will achieve.

"What we are focused on is building global support for a political solution to end the conflict and bring lasting peace and stability to Syria", he said.

Lavrov said he supported a "thorough and impartial" investigation.

The Russian leader was responding to a question on the likelihood of further U.S. military strikes against Syria.

"It was a very deliberate, very proportional, and very targeted strike undertaken in response to the chemical weapons attack".

The US claimed the strike destroyed 20% of Syria's operational aircraft, a figure disputed by Russia's Defense Ministry.

"Now, the Russians snub Tillerson - I mean, if I'm [President] Trump, I'm thinking these are good days". And unless such a reconstruction effort occurs, Moscow (along with Tehran) will be hard pressed to keep Syria pacified (assuming they can manage it in the first place).

The public assessment of Friday's missile strike and the forceful rhetoric came as G7 ministers met in Italy to send a "clear and coordinated" message to Russian Federation over its support for Damascus.

What is the White House accusing Russian Federation of?

The prime minister is also targeting Russian Federation saying countries that have been supportive of the Assad regime bear some responsibility for the chemical attack.

Tillerson's visit to Europe has been overshadowed from the start by President Donald Trump's decision to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons by launching cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.

"As the president has repeatedly made clear, he will not be telegraphing his military responses", the official said.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, echoed the comments in an interview with CNN's Jamie Gangel.

His comments came shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow will appeal to the United Nations to investigate the attack on Khan Sheikhoun. "They didn't look shocked, they didn't look surprised". "But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with ISIS". "And we know exactly what the environment was".

The United States has conducted air strikes against Islamic State, which controls territory in eastern and northern Syria, and a small number of US troops are helping rebel militias.

Washington has sent mixed signals about whether it shares the determination of allies such as Britain that Assad must be removed from power.

Even on Syria, the positions appeared to be hardening.

Mattis's warning came as White House spokesman Sean Spicer appeared to lower the threshold for new United States action against Assad to include barrel bombs, a crude yet hugely destructive weapon of choice for the Syrian leader.

"I hope that what the Russian government concludes is that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad", Tillerson said before flying to the Russian capital, referring to Syria's embattled leader.

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