Assad speaks with Iran's president, who affirms support

Trevor Jackson
April 11, 2017

Top aides to President Donald Trump demurred on Sunday over where US policy on Syria was headed after last week's retaliatory missile strike, leaving open questions about whether removing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from power was now one of Trump's goals.

"In no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian influence", Haley said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press".

Mr Trump's decision to launch the strikes - an action former United States president Barack Obama declined to take after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that the current U.S. leader will confront Mr Assad.

"We are calling on Russian Federation and Iran to do everything possible to bring about this settlement and to work with the worldwide community to ensure last week's shocking events aren't repeated". "He is poisoning the innocent people of Syria with weapons that were banned 100 years ago - and he is poisoning the reputation of Russian Federation", he said.

Several of the leading Republicans who praised Trump's Syria strike had previously said that Obama's 2013 plan would have been too insignificant to matter.

Flanking Alfano at the ceremony, Tillerson said: "We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world".

"The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria's territorial integrity", Rouhani said in the call on Saturday evening, according to a statement on the presidency website.

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The United States launched a missile strike on a Syrian airfield on Friday in its first military action against Assad in retaliation for the attack. Both countries belong to the USA -led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

A devastated Syrian father whose twin babies were killed in April 7's chemical attack in Idlib has described Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, as his only hope, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

"The Russians could increase their own naval presence offshore, air assets and assistance on land, with Iran sending more troops", he said.

"We haven't had one for six years during the Obama administration, and 400,000 civilians have died and millions of people have been displaced internally and externally in Europe and elsewhere". There are also reportedly other Syrian government bases that still have chemical weapons stores.

"There is no change to our military posture" in Syria, Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week" program.

Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive United States actions against Syria violated global law.

In the capital Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest the US missile attack.

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