Assad allies threaten USA over any new strikes on Syria

On Sunday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that US President Donald Trump is discussing with members of his administration the possibility of introducing sanctions against Russian Federation and Iran for supporting the Syrian government.

It echoes the position of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who flew straight from the summit in Italy to Moscow, carrying the G7's strong desire for a new start in Syria, but few concrete proposals to make it happen.

But his call was wrapped in kind words about the Syrian president and condemnation of the US strikes carried out on a Syrian airbase on Friday, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in a rebel-held area of Syria.

A day before, defending the USA strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of using chemical weapons, Haley warned the Assad regime of more strikes if it did not stop using chemical weapons against innocent civilians.

But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from US allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reconsider its support of Syria. "In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government"'.

"It's important that we keep our priorities straight".

Syria's military said seven people were killed and several wounded.

When asked if President Trump could order more air strikes against the Syrian regime, she said: "If he needs to do more, he will do more".

The Kremlin said the Russian and Iranian Presidents agreed that "aggressive" U.S. actions against Syria are "not permissible".

During the meeting, Haley openly questioned Russia's role in Syria and said Russian Federation was supposed to be responsible for removing chemical weapons from Syria.

"We've seen what that looks like, when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya, and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic", he said.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McMaster said the United States would take further action in Syria if necessary.

"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". "And we believe that the first priority is the defeat of ISIS", Tillerson said in a clip made public on the eve of the Sunday talkshow's air time. "'Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population?'"

But the cancellation, which came after discussions with U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson, led to him being criticised as "Washington's poodle".

Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the US for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power. "Other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions".

  • Leroy Wright