Ouster of al-Assad is a priority of U.S.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration’s priorities in the country wracked by civil war.

Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are priorities for Washington, Haley said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” which will air in full on Sunday.

“We don’t see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there,” Haley said.

The comments represented a departure from what Haley had said before the United States hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad’s forces on Syrian civilians.

President Donald Trump ordered the missile strike after watching television images of infants suffering from chemical weapons injuries.

“You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” Haley had told reporters on March 30, just days before dozens of Syrian civilians died from chemical weapons injuries.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to take a more patient stance in regard to Assad, saying on Saturday that Washington’s first priority is the defeat of Islamic State.

Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, “I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria,” Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” that will air in full on Sunday.

Tillerson said the United States is hopeful it can help bring parties together to begin the process of hammering out a political solution.

“If we can achieve ceasefires in zones of stabilization in Syria, then I believe – we hope we will have the conditions to begin a useful political process,” Tillerson said.

Syrian forces launched further airstrikes on Saturday that killed 18 people including five children in rebel-controlled Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the civil defense rescue service reported. (Courtesy Reuters)

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  1. Since 2011 March the so-called —that Arab Spring manipulated by USA had previous polices of BUSH -President, then Obama of President the want to the Regime change was priority US hegemonies expansionism in middle-east by vested interest of Israel as well.

    “Regime change” has killed more than hundred thousand Arabs and Muslim in many nation of Iraq, Libya, Lebanon ,Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt , and Syrian .

    Result of that US policy of “Regime change” the millions of Arabs and Muslim are Refugees many countries. By that time up to know Iraq, Libyan and Syria are displace and overlap in many countries by USA “policy of regime change” of many Arabs nations has lost their homeland.

    The Syrian lost of that citizens of turn into 2.5 millions to 3 millions Arabs are in refuge out of their homeland; by US policy of regime changes of Syrian by since 2011 Arabs Spring by aim of overthrown of Aaased Ruling Party out of power in Syrian ?

    Now ongoing US administration has started by new Bombing Syrian security target to de-stability of nation that killed many women and Children by Trump Presidency USA.

    The Current Trump-Presidency has shifted old policy USA want overthrown Assaed ruling power by instead of that for eliminated Islam terrorism in Syrian soil?

    USA ,UK and EU nation want their political hegemony that continuation of Civil war by encouraging ISIL Terrorism to be split and uproot national Sovereignty of People of Syria ! ???

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