Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Air strike kills 18 in Syria's Idlib province: Observatory

Air strike kills 18 in Syria's Idlib province: Observatory

Syria's military said seven people were killed and several wounded.

Haley on Friday told a special session of the UN Security Council that the U.S. was "prepared to do more" in Syria and that it was Washington's "vital national interest" to stop the use and spread of chemical weapons.

Fresh airstrikes struck a town in Syria, which was hit by a chemical attack on Tuesday, according to Syrian activists. It was not immediately clear who carried out the strike.

The Indian-origin diplomat's remarks came days after the United States on 6 April unleashed 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in a retaliating for the Assad-led government's alleged chemical weapons attack that killed almost 80 persons in Idlib province.

In response, Syria's ally Russian Federation accused the U.S. of encouraging "terrorists" with unilateral actions.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow expected "explanations" over the airbase attack.

"And a political solution is going to have to happen, but we know that there's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime", Nikki Haley told CNN's State of the Union program, in an interview to be broadcast later Sunday.

"This is different chemical weapons attack and a different president, and the difference is that this president took action", the official said.

Haley added that she thought a regime change was necessary in Syria because "all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria".

But he also backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack. State television quoted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as saying the committee should be impartial and "must not be headed by Americans".

The Pentagon for now is flying patrol missions over Syria with F-22 jets, officials said on condition of anonymity.

"He [Tillerson] will visit Moscow as planned", Boris Johnson said. The U.S.is, however, trying to change Assad's policy on chemical weapons.

He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start a fresh dialogue with Moscow.

Ms Haley's comments came as Mr Tillerson said he saw no reason for Russian Federation to retaliate over U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week. Standing in a cramped conference room alongside national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Tillerson said Moscow had "failed" to live up to its obligations under a 2013 agreement to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles.

University student Ashraf Fadel said he came to denounce "the unjust American aggression against Syria". Both countries belong to the US -led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Many human rights activists and anti-Assad advocates interpreted that to mean the USA would not work to oust the authoritarian leader.

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the USA -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.

Rex Tillerson landed in Moscow today for his first visit as secretary of state, amid unpromising circumstances, with the Kremlin glowering over the USA missile strikes on Syria last week and Russian Federation and the United States at loggerheads over the conflict.

"This is a direct sabotage of the global community's efforts to launch the process of political negotiations between the authorities and opposition".

Russian Federation and mainly Shi'ite Iran are the main backers of Assad in the civil war against various rebel groups supported by the United States and Turkey.

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