Top Russian, Iranian Generals Condemn US Missile Strike

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that "terrorists" were applauding his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump for the missile strike on the Syrian airbase. "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".

Taken together, the comments of Haley and Tillerson suggested senior members of Trump's foreign policy team may be seeking to shape the president's views, with Haley more opposed than Tillerson to Assad remaining in power.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Syria's "sponsors", Russian Federation and Iran, were enabling President Bashar al-Assad's "campaign of mass murder against his own civilians".

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress".

Before flying to Moscow, the USA secretary of state also declared that "Russia can play an important role" in building a stable and secure future for Syria, according to Ansa news agency.

He told "Fox News on Sunday" that "there has to be a degree of simultaneous activity as well as sequencing of the defeat of IS first", adding that the missile strikes were meant as a "very strong signal to Assad and his sponsors" that the United States will not stand idly by, and that Russian Federation should now reconsider support for the "murderous regime". We know there's no easy solution to the crisis that's in Syria.

Boris Johnson decided not go to Russian Federation amid growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin to cut his ties with Syria's Bashar al Assad in the wake of a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 87 people, including children.

"We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared.in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons)", Putin said Tuesday morning, when asked if he expected more USA airstrikes in Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base after he blamed Assad for the chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"If he needs to do more, he will do more", Haley said of Trump on CNN's "State of the Union". "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore", she said.

Dozens of representatives of the media, local authorities, and emergency services have visited the airfield since the attack, with no alleged "storage units" or chemical weapon shells being found, the ministry said in a statement, calling on a mission of professional experts to be sent to the air base. Moscow also slammed Britain after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson canceled on April 9 a trip over Russian support for al-Assad. "In such atmosphere, boosting cooperation among Iran, Russia and Syria in countering violence and terrorism is essential", the president remarked. "Other than that, there is no change to our military posture", he said.

"First and foremost, we must defeat ISIS", Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation," using an acronym for Islamic State.

"My priority is now to continue contact with the United States and others in the run up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated global support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

  • Leroy Wright