wnol.info May 27 2017


Airstrike on Syrian town hit by chemical weapons kills 1

May 27 2017, 11:52 | Irvin Gilbert

Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are priorities for Washington, Haley said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" which will air in full on Sunday.

Asked about the USA military's plan for how to deal with any potential further attacks, Howard said the military was ready to respond if other civilian options failed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday about the situation in Syria, a longtime Russian ally.

President Hassan Rouhani earlier criticised his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump for the missiles fired early on Friday in response to the suspected chemical attack.

Barazi did not offer further details, and the U.S. Defense Department referred questions about conditions at the air base to the Damascus government. So Russia could be part of the solution.

Erdogan said Syria "undoubtedly" has chemical weapons and it is clearly known whose airplanes dropped the bombs on civilians "as we have radar records". The Syrian military said at least seven people were killed and nine wounded.

Ben Cardin of Maryland says the administration hasn't been clear on next steps and whether it would escalate a US response if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) continues his assault on rebel forces with conventional weapons. He did not elaborate, other than to note that runways are easily and quickly repaired.

On Thursday, President Trump authorized the use of military force in Syria, via a cruise missile strike, which targeted one of Bashar Al-Assad's airfields.

While threatening further strikes, the US envoy also said it was time to press on with a political solution to the six-year war.

That's because almost all Republican lawmakers - and some Democrats - blame the Obama administration's "red line" policy for enabling Syria to keep using chemical weapons in the country's long and bloody civil war.

Russia, which has been propping up the Assad regime since September 2015 in its fight against anti-government rebels.

Khan Sheikhoun is located in the Idlib province in northwest Syria.

Asked by reporters what the future holds for Turkish-Russian ties after Ankara welcomed USA missile strikes against a Syrian regime airbase last week - the opposite of Moscow's reaction - Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Turkey "does not have to take a side between Russia and the U.S".



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