Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

USA military takes extra precautions in Syria

USA military takes extra precautions in Syria

That doesn't mean the USA military would get involved and take steps to remove Syria's president, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also spoke out Sunday morning.

With the group of wealthy nations working to see if it can strike a common front on Syria, Tillerson accompanied Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano to Santa'Anna di Stazzema, where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed in 1944.

In an unusual announcement for a foreign government, Johnson also said the USA could launch more cruise missiles into Syria like the ones President Donald Trump ordered last week in reaction to Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Two days after the United States launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said the departure of President Bashar al-Assad was inevitable.

The Trump administration falsely accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons so that it could justify its missile strike on a regime airbase, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Russian Federation plans to put forward a proposal on Monday for an independent and impartial investigation of the attack, a spokesman for German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Berlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sunday, where both leaders agreed on the "inadmissibility" of USA action against a sovereign state.

Successive attempts by top Trump administration officials to articulate a plan have only furthered the appearance of a policy still evolving, even after the USA broke with precedent last week by attacking Assad's forces.

After the April 4 chemical attack, Trump said his attitude toward Assad "has changed very much" and Tillerson said "steps are underway" to organize a coalition to remove him from power. The U.S. military action has renewed the world's focus on Assad's fate and on Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year.

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Russian Federation condemned the missile strike as illegal and Putin said it would harm U.S. -Russia ties.

It was the first time Washington has intervened directly against the regime of Assad, who is fighting a civil war with the backing of Russian Federation and Iran, and the G7 ministers will deliberate the West's next steps.

"Countries that have been supportive of the Assad regime bear some of the responsibility for the chemical attacks on innocents", he said.

The flipside of the talk about sanctions from Johnson and other diplomats is an implicit promise that Moscow could be allowed to rejoin the G-8, if it drops its support for Assad.

"If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president", Spicer said.

S. plan. The centerpiece of that diplomacy will come Tuesday morning when Tillerson takes part in a meeting of "likeminded" nations on Syria, including several Arab nations invited to attend.

But there was no escaping the here and now, with last week's deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria still fresh on everyone's mind, and nuclear-armed North Korea engaged in a new round of sabre-rattling.

Tillerson said Washington's priority remained the defeat of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group.

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