Monday, April 10, 2017

Syria: Tense Relations Between The United States And Allies Of Assad

The relations between the United States, which called on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday, and the allies of Damascus, including Russia and Iran, have threatened Washington with reprisals.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's small sentence on Sunday, which asked "what a relationship Russia wants to have with" the United States, is symptomatic of this tough climate.


"There is no option where a political solution that could intervene with Assad at the head of the regime," said the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley on the CNN television channel: "We think That a regime change is something that will happen, "she added.

After years of Barack Obama's relentless demand for Assad's departure, the new administration no longer seemed to be giving priority to regime change in Damascus to resolve the deadly war that has ravaged the country since 2011.
But Haley's remarks seem to suggest a possible change in US President Donald Trump's approach after the "chemical attack" that left at least 87 people dead, including dozens of children, in the rebellious locality of Khan Sheikhoun North-western Syria).

The United States on Friday attacked a Syrian army airbase, the first in more than six years of war in Syria, accusing the Assad regime of being its author.

The Trump administration then informed the Congress that it "could carry out additional actions".


- Radicalization of positions -


These American strikes have radicalized the camp across the way.
"The aggression against Syria surpasses all the red lines, and we will now react firmly to any aggression against Syria and to any violation of the red lines," the statement said in a statement. In Syria, which includes Russia, Iran and "allied" forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani called on Bashar al-Assad to renew his support and condemn the US attack, according to the Syrian official news agency Sana. The allegations that Assad is behind this chemical attack (Khan Cheikhoun) are unfounded, "Rohani said Saturday night in a statement.




The leaders of the Russian and Iranian armed forces on Saturday expressed their willingness to continue their military cooperation in support of President Assad, "until the total defeat of the terrorists and those who support them."

"The aggression against Syria surpasses all the red lines, and we will now react firmly to any aggression against Syria and to any violation of the red lines," the statement said in a statement. In Syria, which includes Russia, Iran and "allied" forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani called on Bashar al-Assad to renew his support and condemn the US attack, according to the Syrian official news agency Sana. The allegations that Assad is behind this chemical attack (Khan Cheikhoun) are unfounded, "Rohani said Saturday night in a statement.
The leaders of the Russian and Iranian armed forces on Saturday expressed their willingness to continue their military cooperation in support of President Assad, "until the total defeat of the terrorists and those who support them."

Iran, Russia and Syria call all opponents of the Syrian regime "terrorists".

For his part, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson questioned Sunday, two days before a capital visit to Moscow, on the real intentions of Russia in Syria, where he said he was "incompetent" to monitor The elimination of the chemical arsenal of Damascus.


- Offensive of the contained EI -


"Clearly they are the allies of Bashar al-Assad," Tillerson said of the Russians in an interview on ABC. "I do not think the Russians want a degradation of relations with the United States, but it will take a lot of discussions and dialogue to better understand what relationship Russia wants to have with us," he said.
"We had to do something," said NBC Nikki Haley, referring to the "arrogance" of the Syrian regime. "It was necessary to say to Assad:" That is enough. "And it was necessary to show to Russia that they would not let it cover this regime.

However, she added that Washington remains focused on fighting the Islamic State jihadist group (EI) and on ways to end Iranian influence in the region.

The Syrian government, for its part, rejected the US accusations and stressed that it had ratified the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 2013.
Under a US-Russian agreement, Syria was supposed to have destroyed its chemical arsenal, but the regime was suspected on several occasions of having carried out chemical attacks.

On the front, US-backed allied forces and Syrian rebels succeeded Saturday in containing an offensive by the Islamic state group against one of their bases near the Jordanian border, thanks in particular to several air strikes by the coalition.

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