Sunday, April 9, 2017

Iran And Russia Express Determination To Fight Against "Terrorism" In Syria

Russia's top military and Iranian leaders, Syria's top allies, said on Saturday they were determined to continue their fight against "terrorists" in the country after the US-led attack on a base in Damascus.
In reaction to an alleged chemical attack that left 87 dead in Jan Sheijun on Tuesday, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Friday against Al Shayrat's Syrian base.

The leaders of the Russian and Iranian armies on Saturday spoke by telephone about the US attacks and expressed their desire to continue the fight against "terrorists" and their support, Iranian media reported
Both military officials expressed their willingness to continue their military cooperation in support of President Bashar al-Assad, "to the complete defeat of the terrorists and their supporters."
Meanwhile, the town of Jan Sheijun was once again a military target and one woman was killed in the bombing, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) reported, which did not specify whether the bombing was carried out by Syrian or Russian aviation.
Meanwhile in Urum al Joz, also Idlib province, a bombing left 18 civilians dead, including five children.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that the US bombing "makes the game of terrorism" and "creates threats to regional and global security."
He also reiterated the Russian position that the Syrian government is not responsible for the alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead this week in Jan Sheijun, in Idlib province.
The accusations "do not fit reality," Lavrov said.
- 'Reinforcing terrorist groups' -
General Mohammad Bagheri and General Valery Gerasimov "condemned the US operation against a Syrian air base", calling it "aggression against an independent country," the official Irna agency said.
US attacks "seek to diminish the victories of the Syrian army and its allies, and strengthen terrorist groups," they said in a statement.
For his part, Iranian President Hasan Rohani accused his US counterpart, Donald Trump, of helping "terrorist" groups in Syria.
"This man who took power in the United States said he wanted to fight terrorism, but today, all terrorist groups in Syria made the party after the American attack," Rohani said without naming Trump directly.
Diplomatically, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to visit Moscow on April 11 and 12, while British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson announced that he was canceling his trip to Russia on Monday because of the events in Syria "that have fundamentally changed the situation".
Meanwhile, in Homs, in central Syria, 242 rebels and their families left the Waer neighborhood, the last position controlled by insurgents in the city. The departure of the fighters was overseen by Russia, the official Sana news agency reported.

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