Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Turkey: US airstrike is 'positive response to war crimes'

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Heather Davidson | 10 April, 2017, 02:35

A Saturday airstrike by the US -led coalition killed at least 21 people, including a woman and her six kids on a boat in the Euphrates River, according to activists.

"I think Erdogan can spin this into a win, but it really isn't one".

The U.S.is asking for Russian Federation to fulfill its commitment and is calling on Assad to "cease the use of these weapons", Tillerson said.

Tillerson says the Islamic State group is a threat not just to the US but to stability in the region.

Turkish policy in Syria is in disarray.

America's top diplomat also says that the top US priority in the region hasn't changed and remains the defeat of Islamic State militants. "That could lead to Turkey being perceived as an inconsistent, unpredictable and therefore unreliable actor".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003Turkey sees US military strikes on chemical weapons sites in Syria as "positive concrete steps" but not enough, Erdogan said at a rally in the border province of Hatay, adding "I hope this operation marks a beginning".

The 56-year-old Syrian colonel managed to jump out of the aircraft after pulling his parachute as the plane was going down above the Hatay province in southern Turkey.

"I find it disappointing, but sadly, not that surprising".

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Speaking at a special UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Russia's acting deputy envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said the Syrian government was not in control of the area of Idlib Province where the alleged attack happened.

Cavusoglu said he had spoken with the French and German foreign ministers on phone without specifying when.

"It is necessary to oust this regime as soon as possible from the leadership of Syria,"Cavusoglu told reporters in Alanya".

The chemical attack on Monday killed at least 80 people in the northwestern part of Syria and led to the United States launching more than 50 Tomahawk missiles from warships stationed in the Mediterranean at a Syrian airfield.

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson says Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

Johnson condemned Russia's continued defense of Assad "even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".

Other than that, he added, "there is no change to our military posture" toward Syria.

The YPG is a key part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance which is receiving USA military support. But it remains to be seen what that role would be.

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