U.S. threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

U.S. threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

Palestinian backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold a banner with the colors of the Palestinian and Syrian flags as they rally in the West Bank city of Nablus against US strikes.

The British foreign secretary said Russian Federation has a choice: to continue backing the "toxic" Assad government "or to work with the rest of the world to find a solution for Syria, a political solution". Thirty percent supported only US airstrikes, 26% backed only diplomatic talks, and 15% wanted no USA involvement whatsoever. Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with President Bashar Assad's government and has been accused of supporting its attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony to remember those killed in a Nazi massacre at Sant'Anna di Stazzema, Tillerson said, "We remember the events of August 12, 1944, that occurred in Sant'anna [di Stazzema] and we rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world".

Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the United States had "multiple priorities" in Syria and that stability there was impossible with Assad as president. But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then. At least one woman was killed, and multiple people were injured.

By 51 to 40 percent, more support than oppose the missile strikes launched early Friday on the Shayrat air base in Syria, with opinions dividing sharply along partisan lines.

Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus.

When former President Barack Obama weighed possible military action in Syria after Assad's 2013 use of chemical weapons, poll numbers swung the other way: nearly 6 in 10 Americans opposed missile strikes, per an ABC News/Washington Post poll released September 3, 2013.

"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children", Trump said.

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

The White House late Friday refused to say whether its strike on Shayrat airbase was a one-off action or part of a new strategy created to hobble the military capabilities of President Bashar al-Assad.

The White House refused to discuss next steps.

Tillerson would "deliver that clear and coordinated message to the Russians", he said.

A majority of Americans support President Trump's missile strike in Syria, a new poll shows.


He declined to say whether Trump now believed Assad should relinquish power.

Tillerson on Sunday blamed Russian Federation for enabling the poison gas attack by failing to follow through on a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria. The British have "no real influence", Russia's Foreign Ministry said. "So either Russian Federation has been complicit or Russian Federation has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement".

In a statement Saturday, Johnson said his priority was to continue contact with the USA and others in the run-up to a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Monday and Tuesday, with the aim of building "coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

The coalition said the attack on the At-Tanf Garrison, a remote outpost used by elite U.S. and British forces, was a complex one involving a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, followed by a ground assault and suicide vests by up to 30 IS fighters. Instead, he was thrust to the forefront after photos of the bodies piled in heaps in Idlib, Syria, dramatically altered the agenda. "It's important that we keep our priorities straight".

"We're calling (Russia and Iran) out", Haley told "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper.

Mr Johnson has warned the United States could launch further airstrikes on Syria following its bombing of the Shayrat airfield near the city of Homs.

The G7 foreign ministers, led by Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are reportedly ready to offer Moscow the chance to rejoin the G8 if it complies with the demand.

But the agenda is now likely to be dominated by last week's suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Syrian town that killed at least 87 civilians, and the United States cruise missiles fired at a Syrian air base in retaliation.



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