Syrian Government: US Military Presence in Syria Is Act of Aggression

Syrian Government: US Military Presence in Syria Is Act of Aggression

Syrian Government: US Military Presence in Syria Is Act of Aggression

The source rejected US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments on Syria and said that such remarks are interference in sovereign states' internal affairs, violate global laws and contradict the most important theories of the constitutional law.

Tillerson repeated his stance that the way forward in Syria does not include Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

If the US were to withdraw, it would also "provide Iran the opportunity to further strengthen its position in Syria", Tillerson said.

"State and DoD have yet to respond to my December letter regarding reports of the changing mission for the 2,000 US troops in Syria, where I noted that the actions the administration was considering far exceed the counter-ISIS mandate and lack domestic and global legal standing", Kaine said. "It's in the national interests of the United States to maintain the military and diplomatic presence in Syria so that it can help ending the conflict in the country", he said.

Syria's deputy foreign minister says the country's air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack Syria.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

The American administration's new Syria strategy largely entails increased diplomatic action, characterized by stabilization initiatives and new emphasis on the political solution. A US disengagement would also provide Iran with an opportunity to reinforce its position in Syria, he warned. Washington has 2,000 USA ground forces in the country. As president, however, Trump has had to commit to an open-ended presence in Afghanistan and, now, Syria.

The US supports the efforts of United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura and will seek to de-escalate the civil war in Syria, work for peace and encourage all parties to head to the negotiating table.

After almost seven years of war, hundreds of thousands of Syrians killed and a humanitarian disaster, Tillerson asked nations to keep up economic pressure on Assad but provide aid to areas no longer under Islamic State's control.

Tillerson said free, transparent elections in which the Syrian diaspora participates "will result in the permanent departure of Assad and his family from power".

But America's top diplomat also called for "patience in the departure of Assad and the establishment of new leadership", a signal that the United States does not expect the Syrian leader, who has survived almost seven years of civil war, to relinquish power any time soon.

"Responsible change may not come as immediately as some hope for, but rather through an incremental process of constitutional reform and United Nations -supervised elections". He said the USA also would push for broader political changes in the Middle East country.

"The president has used it to great effect, by bypassing the way you traditionally communicate", Tillerson said.

"Instead, we will encourage worldwide assistance to rebuild areas the global coalition and its local partners have liberated", Tillerson said, suggesting such an approach might pressure Assad to resign. "Instead, we will encourage worldwide assistance to rebuild areas the global coalition and its local partners have liberated from Islamic State", he said. "But it is essential".

As for Assad, Tillerson said the USA would "discourage economic relationships" between Syria and other countries until Assad is no longer in power.

But it was not immediately clear how or why Moscow would heed Washington's oft-repeated demands.

Also in 2017 under the Trump presidency the number of civilians killed in bombings by the US -led coalition in Syria and Iraq more than doubled compared to the previous year, with more than 8,050 deaths recorded in Syria and more than 3,700 in Iraq.

"It's full of holes like Swiss cheese, but before we just had the holes", said Jeffrey, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "Russia therefore has a meaningful role to play in persuading the Assad regime to engage constructively in the Geneva process".

"We should not be focusing on Syria", Trump said in October 2016. The U.S. has at least 2,000 troops in Syria, according to figures the Pentagon released in December.

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