Russia War Over Syria? Tillerson Wants Moscow To Stop Supporting Assad

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President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a military strike against a Syrian air field in the wake of an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed dozens of civilians.

The monitoring group updated its earlier death toll of 15 for the strike on Urum al-Joz, saying three more people had died of serious injuries. Johnson, who condemned Moscow's continued defence of Assad, said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians".

Idlib province is controlled by an opposition alliance and is regularly targeted by both the Assad regime and its Russian ally.

And according to Washington Post reporting, the residents of Khan Sheikhoun - the Syrian town that was devastated by this week's deadly chemical weapons attack-were bombed again on Saturday.

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On Friday, senior US military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack. Administration officials have said the attack successfully destroyed refuelling stations, hangars and some planes.

Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the US for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power.

"We're not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change". As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was making the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russia, McMaster said Russia will have to decide whether it wanted to continue backing a "murderous regime".

The top U.S. diplomat insisted he had no concerns about possible Russian retaliation following an unprecedented United States strike on a Syrian airfield this week.

"[Russian President Vladimir Putin] views the USA strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of global law and on a made-up pretext.", said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, according to the Independent.

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Noting that the United States has recently launched an investigation into the chemical attack, Zakharov said the US strike on Syria is not in line with its attempts to discover truth about the incident.

On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "terrorists" were applauding Trump for launching the missile strike. "We were fully justified in doing so", she said. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - an action President Barack Obama declined to take after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.

Iran and Russian Federation have been the key backers of Assad, providing him with military and financial support.

Xinhua also brought up several past bombings carried out by the US, such as the 1998 missile strike on the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

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He opted instead for a Russian-backed plan that was supposed to lead to the removal and elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. Officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site after the assault earlier this week.

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