Airstrike on Syrian town hit by chemical weapons kills 1

Guillermo Lane
April 10, 2017

Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with the Assad government. Defeating the group and its self-proclaimed caliphate would eliminate not only a threat to the USA but to "the whole stability in the region", Tillerson told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program in an excerpt released Saturday.

"What happened in Idlib on Tuesday proved again that the bloody al-Assad regime shows complete disregard for the prospect of a political transition and efforts to enforce the ceasefire", said Kalın, adding that Turkey once again condemns the chemical attack in Idlib.

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians", he said.

The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed Friday the suspension of the memorandum of understanding on the prevention of flight safety incidents in Syria with the United States, which was signed in 2015.

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

At least 70 people, including children, were killed in a poison gas attack in rebel-held northwest Syria on Tuesday.

It comes after the United Kingdom backed U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian airbase where a horrifying chemical attack was allegedly launched.

"The only way to receive and present to the whole worldwide community any objective evidence on the alleged presence of poisonous substances at Shayrat is to send a mission of professional experts there", the defense ministry statement said. Moscow, which has military advisers on the ground supporting Assad's forces, denounced the US action as illegal.

"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally", he said.

Just a month ago, Ankara was ruling out compromise with Washington over the involvement of YPG fighters in a planned assault on Raqqa, one of Islamic State's two de facto capitals along with Mosul in Iraq. But it remains to be seen what that role would be.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin earlier said the strike against the Sharyat airbase in Homs, northern Syria, was "a positive response" to the "war crimes" of the regime of Assad.

"Turkey is where it was on April 6, 2017".

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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