Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
National | By Mildred Castro

Trump aides differ over Assad's future after Syria attack


"What Ambassador Haley pointed out was, it's very hard to figure out how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said. The base was largely evacuated before the US strikes, after Washington forewarned Moscow, which in turn alerted the Syrian government, according to a senior military source in the alliance fighting in support of Assad. But Haley reiterated her statements about further actions in Syria in her interview with Tapper. "Once the [IS] threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria".

"Three months ago Syria wasn't really an issue for them but our push and recent events have made a difference".

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.

The reported investigation follows Moscow's condemnation of the USA missile strike on the Syrian airfield.

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Tillerson will instead meet with his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Haley noted that the United States' first priority is still to defeat ISIS, but that there can be "multiple priorities".

Boris Johnson will push leading nations to demand Russian Federation withdraws its forces from Syria when he meets counterparts for talks in Italy next week. The missile strikes catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding its close ally Assad. Images of civilians suffering the apparent effects of a gas attack, including convulsions, vomiting and foaming at the mouth, provoked worldwide outrage and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a strike on a Syrian airbase. "Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply can not be the future leader of Syria". She said late last month that "our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out".

The South Carolina Republican also wants additional penalties imposed on Russia for what he calls Moscow's "aiding and abetting" Assad in the use of chemical weapons and for Russian meddling in the 2016 American election.

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The latest exchange of accusations nevertheless came amid burgeoning tensions between USA - which launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for Assad's lethal chemical attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun - and Russian Federation, which continues to stand by Assad following the attack.

At least 87 people, including children, are believed to have been killed in a suspected sarin nerve agent strike on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Writing for the Sunday Times, Mr Fallon claimed Putin "needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress".

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Trump's decision was a "reaction" to Syria's use of chemical weapons. Sen.

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