Air strike kills 18 in Syria's Idlib province, says Observatory
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 4:52
And the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's leader Hassan Rouhani condemned the cruise-missile attack Thursday on Syria's Shayrat airfield and urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against the USA for launching the attack that violated "the sovereignty of an independent country". Though damaged, the Shayrat air base near Homs is partly operational and flights have taken off.
Fallon's comments followed U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson's cancelation of his trip to Moscow over the chemical gas attack on civilians in Idlib, Syria and the US airstrike against the Syrian regime that followed Thursday.
Sir Michael, writing in the Sunday Times, said the Kremlin was responsible "by proxy" as the "principal backer" of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Syrian government media have claimed there were nine casualties, including four children, but the USA military officials say they have no evidence of that yet.
"We have to learn the lessons of the past and learn the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".
Damascus and Moscow denied Syrian forces were behind the gas attack but Western countries dismissed their explanation that chemicals leaked from a rebel weapons depot after an air strike.
Tillerson seemed to take a more patient stance in regard to Assad, saying on Saturday that Washington's first priority is the defeat of Islamic State.
The fallout from the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on civilians, plus the US missile strike that came in retaliation for it, adds more strain to a rocky relationship that is at its lowest point in decades.
Haley told Tapper that the images of innocent victims from the chemical attack crossed the line for Trump and slammed Russian Federation for protecting the Syrian regime.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also suggested that Assad should be removed, but that this should be achieved in the context of a political transition.
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Sunday accused Russian Federation of being responsible "by proxy" for the death of 87 civilians killed last week in a suspected chemical weapons attack. "I think we ought to ask them a question".
They disputed Russian reports that the munition struck a rebel chemical weapons facility, showing pictures of a crater in the middle of a street where they say the chemical weapon landed. He has also said there was no role for Assad in Syria's future.
"We are waiting for the American administration to reveal its complete vision for the Syrian file", said prominent opposition politician George Sabra.
Though the administration last month said removing Assad was not a top priority, some key figures on Sunday telegraphed their renewed support for removing the Syrian president. And if Assad does use chemical weapons again, there are already plans they can use - the ones Obama and his team drew up and that Republicans criticized years ago.
One such agreement moved ahead on Saturday as planned.
The officials said they "suspect" the Syrian regime had help - pointing the finger at the Russians, who they say share the base with the Syrians and "obviously" would have known every flight operation that comes out of the airfield.
H.R. McMaster blames ISIS, Assad, Iran and Russian Federation for 'destructive cycle of violence'. Citing recent rebel attacks in Damascus and Hama, he said there could be no "results" with opposition groups at United Nations -backed peace talks.