Rubio says United States can't defeat ISIS until Syria's Assad is removed

Rubio says United States can't defeat ISIS until Syria's Assad is removed

Rubio says United States can't defeat ISIS until Syria's Assad is removed

Haley said she doesn't see a political solution in Syria with Assad remaining as president, but that other US priorities were defeating Islamic State and to "get the Iranian influence out".

If President Donald Trump needs to do more in Syria "he will do more, " U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on CNN's "State of the Union". Echoing the government line, Sadr also said that the American strike would "drag the region to war" and could help "the expansion of Daesh [the Islamic State group]".

During an interview on "Face The Nation", Tillerson told CBS's John Dickerson that the US and its allies must wipe out the ISIS presence in Syria and Iraq before addressing the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

She was speaking at an emergency session of the UN Security Council called after the U.S. strikes, which were launched to punish an alleged chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad's regime. "We have to learn the lessons of the past and learn the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".

Tillerson, in Florida to attend a summit between Trump and China's Xi Jinping, is due in Moscow next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

"We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the global community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated", he said.

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In the wide-ranging ABC interview, Tillerson also said the US has "no objective" to change North Korea's regime as Kim Jong Un continues to ramp up Pyongyang's nuclear program, and that there's no reason for the lift sanctions placed on Russian Federation following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Pressing Lavrov on Russia's failure to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is likely to be part of the agenda.

"And I imagine that that would stick", Morell said. "From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", officials from Russia, Iran and pro-Assad militias said in a statement on Sunday.

During Johnson's visit to Moscow, the parties planned to have "detailed and open discussion of all the complex of worldwide problems" and to discuss relations between Moscow and London, "which the British side has pushed into a deadlock", the ministry said. "We do not think we need a dialogue with London more than it needs it", the Foreign Ministry said.

A USA -led coalition has been providing air and ground support to Iraqi forces battling Islamic State, allowing them to recapture most of the cities they had overrun in 2014 in Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.

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