U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

Apr 15, 2017, 00:45

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

When asked if President Trump could order more air strikes against the Syrian regime, she said: "If he needs to do more, he will do more".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, called for an objective, unbiased investigation into the chemical weapon incident in the Syrian province of Idlib earlier this week, the Kremlin said in the statement.

The comments came as Tillerson makes the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russian Federation, a staunch Assad ally.

Speaking to Jake Tapper, the host of the State of the Union show, on Sunday, the USA official said that the issue of the new sanctions is already being discussed.

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.

Mr Tillerson will go ahead with his visit to Russian Federation to deliver a "clear and coordinated" message to Moscow, which continues to deny Syrian forces used chemical weapons last week.

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He also "raised eyebrows" on the Meet The Press set when called out Assad for flying bombing runs from the same air base the USA attacked hours earlier.

Britain said on Sunday Russia bore responsibility by proxy for civilian deaths in Syria last week caused by a poison gas attack that Washington says was carried out by the Moscow-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Indian-origin diplomat's remarks came days after the U.S. on 6 April unleashed 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in a retaliating for the Assad-led government's alleged chemical weapons attack that killed almost 80 persons in Idlib province.

The US had acted to ensure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons again, she was quoted as saying by a BBC report.

America's increased military intervention in the Syrian civil war follows a chemical weapons attack that killed civilians, including women, children and babies. But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then. The British have "no real influence", Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

The Observatory said the Saturday strikes may have been carried out by Russian warplanes, which began backing Syrian military operations previous year. The US military said several Syrian air force jets were destroyed.

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the United States missile strikes early on Friday.