Tillerson Says US Sees Path For Regime Change In Syria

Tillerson Says US Sees Path For Regime Change In Syria

Tillerson Says US Sees Path For Regime Change In Syria

Hours after Rex Tillerson made his case for an indefinite USA troop presence in Syria, the secretary of state walked to the back of his plane and took questions from a BuzzFeed News reporter: Did he just commit the United States to new multi-front war in the Middle East?

The secretary of state said the U.S.

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

"Responsible change may not come as immediately as some hope for, but rather through an incremental process of constitutional reform and UN-supervised elections". Previously, the U.S. strategy in Syria had operated within the narrow lines of battling the Islamic State.

Yildirim says: "The U.S. must eliminate the confusion and change its stance in favor of peace and improving relations with Turkey".

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Both Syrian and Iranian forces have threatened USA forces in Syria and as tensions continue to be strained with Russian Federation as it pushes for a more prominent role in the region.

"And finally, consistent with our values ... we must give Syrians a chance to return home and rebuild their lives", Tillerson said.

Faysal Mekdad says Syria considers any air attack or ground operations by Turkey on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin to be a "aggressive act" and a violation of worldwide law.

Tillerson said his country called on all nations to exercise discipline in economically pressuring Assad and rebuilding Syria after a political transition. "But it is essential".

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said the internal affairs of any country is an exclusive right of its people, adding that the US official's remarks violated the worldwide law.

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"We can not repeat the mistake of 2011", he said, alluding to President Obama's withdrawal of most USA combat troops from Iraq after nine years of war.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting next week in Vienna.

"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. In short, this point possibly ties the USA to being in Syria until Assad is gone. "Russia therefore has a meaningful role to play in persuading the Assad regime to engage constructively in the Geneva process".

One of the starkest illustrations of the risks of the entanglement is unfolding now, as Turkey escalates threats to attack the Kurdish enclaves of Afrin and Manbij in northern Syria.

The White House has tried to hide the number of US troops in Syria, leaving that information out of the public section of a legally required accounting to Congress of American forces in combat zones overseas.

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The U.S.is also funding a Kurdish fighting force in Syria to combat ISIS, although U.S. ally Turkey considers those fighters terrorists.

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