Graham very hawkish on ISIS and Assad, more troops, more Trump action
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 0:24
"There is no political solution that any of us can see with Assad at the lead", Haley said.
"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types".
The U.S. strike on a Syrian air base came in response to the Assad regime chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib province, killing some 100 civilians and wounding hundreds of others, mostly children. At the same time, Tillerson said Assad's fate would be decided by the Syrian people.
During the meeting, Haley openly questioned Russia's role in Syria and said Russian Federation was supposed to be responsible for removing chemical weapons from Syria.
At least 70 people died in what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack in rebel-held Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom monitoring group, told Newsweekthat the attack had been carried out either by Russian Federation or by President Bashar Assad's regime.
"By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", Fallon, whose government voiced support for US President Donald Trump's decision to target the Syrian air base, wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper.
In this image released by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. President Trump had spoken out during his election campaign against US military intervention, and had been keen to fix relations with Russian Federation, whose president Vladimir Putin backs the Assad regime. Secondly, we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.
"As events shift, the United States will continue to evaluate its strategic options and opportunities to de-escalate violence across Syria", added Tillerson, who was headed for crunch talks in Moscow after the meeting of G7 foreign ministers.
Sir Michael revealed Theresa May had been made aware of Trump's planned bombing campaign before the attack took place, and wrote: "In his first test as commander-in-chief, President Trump made the right call by resorting to careful and narrowly focused military action".
Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", that will air in full on Sunday.