Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Assad: Washington's Attack Fails to 'Raise the Morale of US-Backed Terrorists'

Assad: Washington's Attack Fails to 'Raise the Morale of US-Backed Terrorists'

There's been "no change" to the US military stance in Syria beyond the missile strike in retaliation for the Assad government's use of chemical weapons on its citizens, yet the action carries a message for other countries acting outside worldwide norms, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Thursday's strike "was related exclusively to the most recent horrific use of chemical weapons", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Tillerson echoed the president's comments, telling Stephanopoulos, "I think the president was very clear in his message to the American people, that this strike was related exclusively to the most recent, horrific use of chemical weapons against women, children, and as the president said, even small babies". Haley said she doesn't see a political solution in Syria with Assad remaining as president, but that other USA priorities were defeating Islamic State and to "get the Iranian influence out".

"All the external parties and their forces must withdraw from Syria". The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.

He further added that we've seen what violent regime change looks like in cases like Libya.

Other top administration officials, like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, piled on Russian Federation.

Another airstrike came in the northwest Syria town of Urom al-Joz, where 18 people were slain - including five children and two women, and another Saturday bombing by the USA -led coalition killed at least 21 people, including a woman and her six kids on a boat in the Euphrates River, according to activists.

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"I'm disappointed in that response from the Russians because it indicates their continued support for the Assad regime", said Tillerson, who is expected to make a hard trip to Moscow next week.

New strikes hit outside the town on Sunday, with no immediate reports of casualties, the monitor added.

On Saturday, one woman was killed in a suspected Russian air strike on Khan Sheikhun, the Observatory said. No group claimed responsibility for that blast.

Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, just days after the United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for the chemical attack.

Trump's note said the United States would "take additional action, as necessary and appropriate".

The Iranian President also stressed that his country stands by the Syrian state in its war against terrorism and in the initiatives it proposes to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria that would lead to stopping the bloodshed of the Syrians. Iran has also contributed Shiite militias to back Assad.

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