Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

President Trump Is Exaggerating About the Fight Against ISIS


Without elaborating, he also said Russian Federation has received intelligence about planned "provocations" using chemical weapons that would put the blame on the Syrian government.

Haley indicated in an interview on CNN's State of the Union that the United States did not see a peaceful political resolution for Syria's civil war as long as Assad remained in power.

The Russia-Iran joint command said on Sunday that the USA military presence in northern Syria, where Washington is aiding its Kurdish and Arab allies against the Islamic State group, was an "illegal occupation".

"Once the Isis threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria", he said.

Assad praised Iran's supports for Syria.

The United States has been warned it crossed a "red line" with its missile strikes on Syria and faces retaliation in response to future aggression against Bashar Assad.

A joint command centre representing his Russian, Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies said the USA attack would only cause them to redouble their support for the Syrian government.

McMaster says "there has to be a degree of simultaneous activity as well as sequencing of the defeat of IS first". "And Russia was never part of the targeting".

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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon blamed Putin for the civilian deaths after Russia's role as a key ally of Assad. John McCain (R-AZ) said the administration of President Donald Trump was "probably was partially to blame", for the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria.

In an April 5 press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah, Trump was asked about another chemical bombing a day earlier in a rebel-held area of northern Syria that killed dozens of people.

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, (President) Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good and get fully engaged" with the United Nations peace process on Syria.

"Any time you go in and have a violent change at the top, it is very hard to create the conditions for stability, longer-term", he said.

Tillerson said the USA priority in Syria was defeating Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun by the Syrian air force hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq, and called on the UN Security Council to launch a proper investigation into the incident.

"We've seen the evidence on Assad, we know exactly what happened", Haley claimed.

Tillerson delivered the administration's first blistering condemnation of Russian Federation hours after the chemical strikes, which killed 87 people, many of them women and children left convulsing and foaming from the mouth in the streets.

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