Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines'

Robyn Valdez
April 14, 2017

But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from USA allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reevaluate its support of Syria. "From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi (War Media).

Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the USA for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power. "The political solution has to come together for the good of the people of Syria".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a more nuanced view, asserting that Assad had undermined his legitimacy as a leader but declaring that defeating Islamic State remains the top USA goal in Syria.

Tillerson, on the other hand, stressed that the air strike had the limited aim of deterring further use of chemical weapons.

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"We have to make sure that we're pushing that process", she continued.

Russian Federation had agreed to "be the guarantor of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. the result of their failure has led to the killing of more children and innocents", Mr Tillerson added.

"I do not believe that the Russians want to have worsening relationships with the USA, but it's going to take a lot of discussion and a lot of dialogue to better understand what is the relationship that Russia wishes to have with the USA".

Just days before the chemical attack, Haley and Tillerson both had indicated that removing Assad from power was no longer a U.S. priority.

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"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied in an interview on CBS's Face the Nation that the strikes signaled an overhaul of American policy, saying its priority remained to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

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. "Right now I think everyone in the world [sees] Russian Federation as part of the problem".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", said removing Assad from power would require the United States to commit thousands more troops to the country to create safe-haven areas for the opposition to regroup, retrain and ultimately take control of the country.

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"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.

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