Led force reduces attacks on ISIS in Syria after airstrike

The rhetoric ramped up when a joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Assad said the USA strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

Pence "affirmed that USA policy in the region didn't change, its priority is to defeat Daesh in Iraq and the region", said a statement from Abadi's office.

US policy in Syria was upended last week when President Donald Trump ordered a punitive missile strike on the al-Assad regime in response to its devastating chemical weapons attack on Syrian rebels. Russian Federation is waging its own bombing campaign in support of President Bashar Assad's forces, while the Syrian government has its own air force and air defence systems.

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

Speaking of the United States missile strike on a Syrian airbase, ordered by President Donald Trump "in response" to the alleged use of chemical weapons, Tillerson told CBS that "clearly the message is that the violation of worldwide norms, the continuing ignoring of United Nations resolutions and the continuing violation of agreements. will no longer be tolerated".

The base was largely evacuated before the USA strikes, after Washington forewarned Moscow, which in turn alerted the Syrian government, according to a senior military source in the alliance fighting in support of Assad. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on Damascus, without providing any evidence or waiting for an independent investigation.

Following the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers, Tillerson "will be able to deliver that clear and coordinated message to the Russians", Johnson said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the 59 cruiser missile strikes against a Syrian airbase were in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack and not a change in USA policy toward the country.

Since then, Mr Tillerson has spoken to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov who told the American that the U.S. strikes "play into the hands of extremists".

The Syrian civil war began after Assad forces attempted to violently quash the protests that had swept across the country as part of the Arab Spring.

He said: "Assad's principal backer is Russian Federation".

Last week, Tillerson said that "the longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people".

At the same time, Tillerson and other top U.S. officials made clear that the United States objective was limited to deterring further chemical attacks, and not the start of a campaign to oust Assad.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia praised the military action and described it as a "courageous decision" by U.S. President Trump's administration.

The attack has been widely blamed on the Syrian government. "The political solution has to come together for the good of the people of Syria", she said.

Earlier, the Foreign Secretary said: "Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".

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